THIS THURSDAY 8 MARCH 2018 is International Women's Day as set by the United Nations and is a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women.
Cricket Tasmania firmly believes and promotes the equal footing between our men's and women's players, administrators, staff, coaches, supporters and volunteers - from the grassroots right up to the Tasmanian Tigers and Tasmanian Roar plus our BBL and WBBL Hobart Hurricanes.
Mother, Player, Board Member. Lindisfarne Cricket Club’s Kim Doran wears several cricketing hats, but insists she loves them all.
Kim, who has always been a fan of cricket, took up the bat and ball four years ago and has since found the delicate balance between playing cricket for Lindisfarne and looking after four young children, all of whom also play the sport.
With four children - Jonte (14), Charlie (12), Kobe (8) and Meg (5) – all playing cricket at Lindisfarne, and stepdaughter Alex, who played for two years, much of Kim’s life is dedicated to the sport, particularly after deciding to play herself four years ago.
“My husband, Paul, had been playing at the club and Kim Dillon (now Lindisfarne Cricket Club President) had been nagging me about joining the women’s team.
“I didn’t play at first because of having young children. When Paul played in a third-grade premiership I decided that I wasn’t going to use it as an excuse anymore and signed on to play,” she said.
“I love it. It’s great to meet new people, learn new things and stay nice and active,” she said.
Kim was joined by her step-daughter Alex for two seasons at Lindisfarne, and with such a cricket-loving family, Kim doesn’t deny that there are some logistical challenges.
“We usually have three games of cricket on a Sunday to attend with my kids and myself. We get a lot of help from coaches and friends which makes things easier.”
Kim has taken on an even more active role since first lining up for Lindisfarne, however, becoming a board member two years ago.
“With young children at the club I wanted to make sure the club was going to provide an enjoyable environment for them to play in and progress their cricket.
“As a mum, it is all about juggling the responsibilities, but as a mother I think the ability to do that comes easier.
Kim has already noticed a significant development in women’s cricket since she first started at the club.
“I think the Lindisfarne Cricket Club is hitting the nail on the head at the moment with the under-14 girls, under-17 girls and women’s teams.
“Women’s cricket will definitely continue to grow; I think it may take a bit of time as it is still relatively new but it will be a natural growth.”
With a young daughter herself, Kim knows the importance of having cricket programs available to young girls.
“I think cricket programs need to be readily available to young girls from the ages of 5-6, as often this is a time where they may choose another sport. My five-year-old has been surrounded by cricket her whole life.
Kim is full of praise for how some of the more experienced members of the Lindisfarne Women’s team have involved themselves with the club.
“The likes of Veronica Pyke (Tasmanian Roar + Hobart Hurricanes), Paris Crowe, Celeste Raack (Tasmanian Roar + Hobart Hurricanes) and Georgia Redmayne (Tasmanian Roar + Hobart Hurricanes) have been amazing – they are always around the younger girls and are happy to help around the club.
“They are the kind of players that will continue to build our club and the growth of the women’s game.”
“The Hobart Hurricanes and Tasmanian Roar girls are doing such a great job as role models. Young girls now want to be these players and this is only getting stronger – it’s fantastic to see,” she said.
Although the cricket season has only just finished for Kim, she is already itching to get back into it and has every intention of playing for as long as she can.
“I am a little excited to not have three games of cricket in a day for a while, but I am already missing it. They are such a great group of girls. I love it,” she said.