THE cricket career of Boorcan teenager Grace Lee will hit a new high when she tours Darwin with a Victorian women’s squad next week.
Grace, 17, is one of 11 young cricketers who will head to the Northern Territory capital as part of the annual Cricket Without Borders (CWOB) tour.
They will play exhibition matches in the Top End, including against a Sydney boys’ team and a Northern Territory women’s team, from September 23 to 27.
Grace said she was excited about the tour. She follows in the footsteps of Hawkesdale teen Grace Linke, who toured Singapore with CWOB last year.
“I’m really looking forward to it and honoured to be a part of it. Everyone that has done it so far has really enjoyed it,” Grace said.
Cricket Without Borders is an organisation which promotes women’s cricket and the development of ambitious and talented teenagers.
Melbourne entrepreneur Clare Cannon founded the organisation in 2011 after watching her son tour England with Melbourne Grammar.
She was frustrated her daughters did not have the same opportunities and took it upon herself to make a difference.
CWOB has since toured England and Singapore and will add Darwin to that list next week.
Grace, a year 12 student at Mercy Regional College in Camperdown, said her cricket had improved as a result of pretrip training.
She has come under the guidance of former Victoria Bushrangers leg-spinner Bryce McGain, who is the squad coach.
VicSpirit batswoman Sarah Elliott, who made a century for the Southern Stars during the Ashes last month, has also been mentoring the girls.
“Even one training camp with them, you learn so much more that you didn’t know in the past,” Grace said.
Her rise into the squad had its foundations as a 10-year-old in school-based Kanga 8s program.
She has emerged into a handy medium-pace bowler for Terang and Western Waves, taking part in state championships each summer.
Western Waves regional manager Stephen Field and Terang coach Tim Fitzpatrick have been two mentors along the journey.
Grace said her main aim for the CWOB tour was “just to make friends and have fun”.
“Their mission is to be bold, show sportsmanship, have fun and make friends,” she said.