11-year-old cricketer Olivia wins hearts raising important issue with Kookaburra 

The incident talked about happened when she went to buy a pair of cricket pads designed for girls.

Irrespective of their gender, everyone has the right to be as passionate about our game as they want. (Getty)

Olivia, a young 11-year-old has won hearts for raising one very important cricketing issue with the gear manufacturing company Kookaburra. Having received a gift voucher on her birthday, She went to a store to buy cricket pads but found that all the available pads were made for boys and not girls. 

This is when Olivia, with the help of her club - Bulimba Cricket Club - wrote a letter to Kookaburra and posted it on Twitter. 

The caption to this read,  “Beautifully argued request from a player in our Heat Girls League team. Fair point made. Thnx for response so far @KookaburraCkt. @ahealy77.”

Here's the full text of the letter. 

“Dear Kookaburra,

My name is Olivia, I am 11 years old and completely obsessed with cricket. Last summer, I started playing cricket in an all-girls team.

Recently, it was my birthday and I received a rebel sport gift-voucher. Today, I went to rebel and bought the Kookaburra Verve Pro 400 batting pads in the size ‘boys.’ It made me a little bit sad that the size was just called ‘boys’ to ‘kids’ because women’s cricket is growing very fast, especially with the WBBL and the Southern Stars winning the Women’s Ashes. Alyssa Healy uses Kookaburra gear and I think she is a great role model so I wanted to have Kookaburra kit.

On the Kookaburra.biz website, on the coaching page, there are 20 videos, however, only one features a female cricketer would love to see more videos featuring female members of team Kookaburra. Yours Sincerely.”

This is when the famous manufacturing company posted a reply on Twitter and cleared, "Great letter Olivia. In 2017 we switched all of our sizing to Juniors and Adults rather than the old style of boys and men. It may have been old stock you saw in Rebel, but regardless shows how important this change is!"

Whatever the problem may be, this incident tells us the need for all the necessary efforts to be made in ensuring, everyone irrespective of the gender, caste, creed and many such obstacles, can be as passionate about our game as they want. 

(Inputs from Hindustan Times)


By Kashish Chadha - 27 Aug, 2018

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