Santa Sabina student to lead underage Australia XI

Olivia puts her talent and her 3.5 hours of training, four days a week, to use. Source: Santa Sabina College

A student from Santa Sabina College in Strathfield has been named captain of the Underage Female Cricket Australia XI for the National Championships U18 in Canberra.

Olivia Porter from Gladesville, Year 10 at the college, has been described as a “talent to watch” by the tournament organisers Cricket Australia.

The all-rounder turned 16 last week and one day hopes to play for Australia.

She has captained the Santa Sabina First 11 for the last two years, despite being one of the youngest players.

All-rounder Olivia Porter also plays in the Universities team, where she is the youngest player by 10 years. Source: Santa Sabina College

Olivia also plays in first grade for the Universities side, where she is the youngest team member by around 10 years.

“I was a bit overwhelmed when I got the phone call last night,” Olivia said.

“But I know it’s going to be a great experience. As team captain I feel I’ve got the responsibility for the younger players, for some of them it’s their first carnival”.

At school Olivia also plays football, netball and touch football. Her participation in cricket is year-round and involves training four nights a week for 3.5 hours each session.

She also wants to promote the sport for women, encouraging and helping younger girls to get involved in cricket.