Annabel Sutherland Q+A
A kids-only Q+A session with one of Australia’s most up-and-coming sports stars, cricketer Annabel Sutherland
Bryce: We’re really excited to have you on Squiz Kids. So, how are the preparations going for the big bash?
Bryce: And just on that – that was a remarkable victory at the start of the month against New Zealand in the One Day International series? Equalling the world record for most consecutive ODI wins … what a terrific achievement …
Annabel: Yeah, I think obviously it’s a pretty special thing to be a part of obviously. I’ve sort of come in and even just as a younger player to be a part of something like that is is really special. And I know the senior players are definitely pretty proud of what they’ve sort of put together in the group that they’ve been a part of over such a long period of time that’s had such a great history and a lot of success.
Bryce: Let’s go. Alright … our first question comes from Alia from Fraser Coast Anglican College ….
Annabel: I think as a kid, I loved any sport. So I played obviously cricket, I liked AFL, basketball, a little bit of tennis. I pretty much tried every sport under the sun and ended up sort of settling on AFL and Cricket as my two sort of passions which worked well because one was played in the winter and one was played in the summer. So I love playing sport. I’ve got two brothers, so I was happy to be out in the backyard with them as much as I could playing anything that we could sort of get our hands on.
Bryce: Sometimes a bit better than being in the classroom, isn’t it?
Annabel: Yeah, exactly!
Bryce: Our next question is from Lucius from Yarraman State School in Queensland…
Lucius: Hi Annabelle, my name is Lucias. – I’m 10 years old from Yeoman. My question is how long do you train for each day? And what type of training do you have to do?
Bryce: Wow ….. You must get tired ….
Annabel: I’m sort of getting used to it! And we have breaks and that sort of thing to get some food in. But I really enjoy it so it’s not too hard.
Bryce: That helps that’s for sure if you enjoy it …. Alright – let’s go to a question now from Bridie, who’s 10 years old, from Kilsyth in Melbourne:
Annabel: Oh good question. I like to get a big feed in. So if it’s a one-day game, obviously it’s quite a long day that you have to be ready for. So I get a big breakfast in. Other than that, we sort of get to the ground nice and early to get all our warm-up done. But once that’s done, I like to have a little bit of a kick of the footy with the girls, and just muck around for for a little bit before we get into the serious side of the warm-up and start preparing for the match. So yeah, I don’t mind having a little bit of a kick of the footy, but I guess the main thing is making sure I have a big feed, usually it’s breakfast before the the day ahead.
Bryce: That’s great … now here’s a good question from Dannii in Proserpine – up near the Whitsundays in Queensland … and it’s a question a lot of kids had …
Annabel: Yeah. Absolutely. I think particularly the last few months, having had some opportunities to play for Australia. It’s certainly something that I’m very proud of but obviously you want to do well and with that comes nerves. I don’t think nerves are a bad thing because it sort of means you want to do well and you want to perform for the team. So I certainly get nervous! Probably more so when I’m going out to bat because it’s a little bit more overwhelming – with sort of just yourself out there and the rest of the opposition surrounding you. But I think the main thing is once I’m out there I settle pretty quickly.
Henry: Hi Annabelle. My name is Henry. I’m 8 years old from Klimpton Park. My question is – my dream is to play cricket for Australia. What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who wants to become an Australian cricketer?
Bryce: Here’s a good question now from Maya in Brisbane.
Maya: Hi Annabelle. My name is Maya, I’m 11 years old from Brisbane. My question is, how do you get motivated to practice when you’re not feeling motivated?
Bryce: And that competitive spirit is really important isn’t it to keep you going?
Bryce: Mmm and Louis from Newcastle is going to be really interested in this next answer because you’ve already talked about how much pressure is on you when you’re batting. Here’s a question from him.
Lewis: Hi Annabelle. My name is Louis and I’m 9 years old from Newcastle. My question is, what do you prefer batting or bowling?
Bryce: Mmm. We’ve got a question here from Abby in Hampton Victoria, which I think is an excellent question.
Abby: Hi Annabelle. My name is Abby. I’m 9 years old from Hampton. My question is, have you ever faced any discrimination as a girl playing cricket?
Annabel. Yeah. Good question. I think not early on. I think I was lucky enough to… I really enjoyed playing with the boys, and against boys. So I grew up playing Junior cricket and for that matter with a boys team. So, you know all the way through till under 15 when I joined the Women’s Club cricket team. But I think I was pretty lucky in the sense that I had really good teammates who didn’t really think any different of me being a female playing with them. So I think whenever we sort of came up against any opposition that had a few things to say about that, the boys in my team would really look after me and were really good in that sense. But the other thing is that I actually didn’t mind that chat and that sort of thing because I knew that I had the skills to be able to compete with the opposition. So, you know, I was able to earn their respect in that way. So it didn’t really bother me that you know, they might sort of question that I was a girl in an all-boys team or playing against an all-boys team. So yeah, I think you might cop a little bit of flak every now and again, but I think as long as you’ve got good teammates around you who can look after you and then you’ll be fine.
Millie: Hi Annabelle, my name is Millie. I am 8 years old and I am from Melbourne. My question for you is do you have any advice on how to play cricket for the ones that think it’s hard.
Annabel: Yeah, exactly. And cricket is a game of patience, but it is really exciting when you get an opportunity to show what you’ve trained and practiced out. So yeah, I would say just make sure make sure you’re having fun and give yourself time to get better.
Bryce: Sadly, that’s all we have time for today. An enormous thanks to all of you Squiz Kids who sent in questions for Annabel. As per usual, we had more questions sent in than we had time to ask. Each one was fantastic – but time was against us. Annabel – thank you so much for taking the time to chat to us today. And remember folks – the Squiz Kids podcast – a daily fix of kid-appropriate news – is out at 7am every morning, via the Squiz Kids website – www.squizkids.com.au – or wherever you find your podcasts.
This is Bryce Corbett, signing off – and Annabel, would you please do the honours…
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