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Brisbane girl, 11, pens letter to Kookaburra Cricket

A young cricket fan has penned an emotional letter to a sports company after she spent her birthday money on batting pads for boys because there was no female option. 

Olivia Cotter from Brisbane, sent the letter to Kookaburra Cricket, telling them how she was forced to buy the pads that were labelled for boys because they didn’t have any for girls.

The 11-year-old received a Rebel Sports gift voucher for her birthday and bought the Kookaburra Verve Pro 400 batting pads in the size ‘boys’.  

Olivia Cotter from Brisbane, sent the letter to Kookaburra Cricket, telling them how she was forced to buy the pads that were labelled for boys because they didn’t have any for girls

'Alyssa Healy (pictured) uses Kookaburra gear and I think she is a great role model so I wanted to have a Kookaburra kit.'

‘Alyssa Healy (pictured) uses Kookaburra gear and I think she is a great role model so I wanted to have a Kookaburra kit.’

‘It made me a little bit sad that the size was just called ‘boys’ as so many girls are playing cricket now too,’ she wrote. 

‘I think you should consider changing the size from ‘boys’ to ‘kids’ because women’s cricket is growing very fast, especially with the WBBL.

‘Alyssa Healy uses Kookaburra gear and I think she is a great role model so I wanted to have a Kookaburra kit.’

She also pointed out that only one of the videos on the company’s website features a female cricketer.

‘I would love to see more videos featuring the female members of team Kookaburra,’ she wrote.

She told Courier Mail that ‘cricket gear should be unisex to recognise the female popularity who play the sport’. 

‘There are so many girls playing cricket at the moment which is great,’ Olivia said. 

Kookaburra responded to Olivia and informed her that they had changed their sizes to reflect the female participation in cricket

Kookaburra responded to Olivia and informed her that they had changed their sizes to reflect the female participation in cricket

Kookaburra responded to Olivia and informed her that they had changed their sizes to reflect the female participation in cricket. 

‘We changed the sizing to ‘adults’ and ‘juniors’ in 2017,’ a spokesperson said.

‘We understand Olivia has seen some old stock that has old sizing, but regardless, her letter shows how crucial these changes are to reduce the barriers for girls to play cricket.

‘It’s another reason why we proudly sponse so many female players in Australia including Alyssa Healy, Nicole Bolton, Megan Schutt and many more’. 

The company has also announced its plans to produce more content featuring female cricket players. 

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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