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Heat Delight Caps off Memorable Week

01 September 2018

Olivia Cotter and members of the Bulimba Cricket Club meeting Kirby Short and Delissa Kimmince

The Brisbane Heat have capped off a memorable week for a group of young fans after the search for some new cricket gear ahead of the coming season brought an old issue to light.

Young cricketer Olivia Cotter rose to fame this week after her letter to cricket equipment manufacturer Kookaburra went viral. The 11-year-old Bulimba Cricket Club junior wrote to Kookaburra after finding only boys sized equipment upon a trip to her local Rebel.

In her letter, Olivia points to the growing success of the Women’s Big Bash League and the Southern Stars’ recent Ashes triumph as to why junior cricket equipment should be labelled as 'kids' instead of 'boys'.

Olivia's letter to Kookaburra

Kookaburra were quick to respond to Olivia’s letter, highlighting gender-neutral sizing has been introduced to better reflect the sport’s growing popularity amongst young girls. 

Kookaburra changed all its sizing to ‘Adults’ and ‘Juniors’ in 2017 to better reflect the growing female participation in cricket and break this anachronism. Before 2017 all cricket equipment used a convention of  ‘Boys’ and ‘Mens’ for sizing, so Kookaburra were leaders in adopting gender-neutral sizing.  

“We understand young Queensland cricketer Olivia has seen some old stock that has old sizing. Regardless, her letter shows how crucial these changes were to reduce the barriers for girls to play cricket. It’s another reason why we proudly sponsor so many female players in Australia," Kookaburra said in their statement.

The Brisbane Heat recognise the passion that many young girls have for the game, and fresh from her new-found fame, Olivia and her Bulimba teammates were invited to Heat HQ to be presented with a WBBL jersey and club fan pack from stars Delissa Kimmince and Kirby Short. 

The Women’s Bash League has been the cornerstone behind the significant growth of female cricket in Australia, highlighted by the opportunities for juniors to play in all-girls teams and all-girls competitions.

With the 2016 launch of the Heat Girls League as a catalyst, Queensland female participation has grown from 31 teams in season 2015-16 to 157 teams in 2017-18.

Registrations for the 2018-19 season are currently available through playcricket.com.au.

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