Former Australia cricketer Mel Jones has been appointed to the Cricket Australia board as a director, becoming the first state-appointed woman to earn the distinction.
It is yet another highlight in a career filled with landmarks for the 47-year-old. Jones, in an eight-year international career, featured in 66 games, and was a part of Australia's ICC Women's Cricket World Cup-winning sides in 1997 and 2005. Earlier this year, she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia, one of the most prestigious honours in the country.
“I’m excited to have this opportunity to work with the board to strengthen cricket’s bond with the community, and ensure a healthy and sustainable future for the next generations," said Jones of her appointment.
Can’t wait to bring a lifetime of cricket experiences, conversations & connections to the board of @CricketAus. So appreciative for the chance to play a role in making cricket stronger, more enjoyable & inclusive for all on and off the field. #SportForAll https://t.co/aZh8JuNuhr pic.twitter.com/WGXifq1CQR— Mel 'MJ' Jones (@meljones_33) November 6, 2019
“I have much admiration for the work that has been undertaken over the past 18 months, in particular, an incredibly challenging time for cricket, and a testament to its place in the hearts of Australians."
Jones was the Appointed Director of Bowls Australia, the country's governing body for the sport of Bowls, from 2014 to 2017, and also undertook a role with the Victorian State Government Women in Sport and Recreation Taskforce in 2014/15.
"Mel has been an active and inspiring part of the cricket fabric for many years, and we are privileged to have her join the Board," said Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings. "Australian Cricket has been undergoing significant change over the past two years, and I've no doubt Mel's experience on and off the field will be an asset to the team as we move into our next phase.
A trailblazer in cricket, it is only fitting that Mel is also the first female elected to the CA Board
"Mel's commitment to the game, and her advocacy, particularly for women in sport, will only bolster our continued focus on advancing cricket to be the number one sport for women and girls. Her understanding of the pressures and privilege of play, in addition to the challenges and opportunities of administration, are a welcome complement to an already-strong team.
"A trailblazer in cricket, it is only fitting that Mel is also the first female elected to the CA Board as a State nominee. The Cricket Victoria Board should be congratulated on their selection."
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