Argentina may be more well-known for its footballing fraternity, but cricket is no stranger to the South American country – and a former Warwickshire Women’s wicketkeeper is certainly doing her part to help grow the name of our beloved bat-and-ball game.
Sian Kelly's extraordinary story has been revealed thanks to an exclusive feature from BBC Sport. Kelly moved to Argentina as part of a year abroad element to her university degree under three years ago, taking upon the opportunity to coach cricket. Her time in Argentina has seen her spread word on the game as head coach of the women’s national side, and take the 'Flamingos' to the South America Championships.
"I want to make sure girls here have the same opportunities that I was lucky enough to have."— ICC (@ICC) March 20, 2019
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Furthermore, she is also developing the junior section of the women’s game, with events held for girls to get a feel for the game. Speaking to the BBC, Kelly explained the enjoyment she gets from helping introduce cricket to a brand new audience.
“For me the most rewarding part of the job is seeing the little girls’ faces when they take their first catch or hit their first four. You see the excitement in their eyes and their faces and they go home and tell their mums and their mums are happy. I want to make sure that girls over here have the same sporting opportunities that I was lucky enough to have in England."
Kelly is now set to take up a role with Cricket Argentina as a women’s development officer, to which she added: "It's time now to step up a little bit, learn how to put in some development pathways and properly learn how to make a lasting change. That's really exciting.”
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