Female cricketer dreams big

2018-02-07 06:00
Nicole de Klerk when he was announced as the KZN Inland Women’s provincial player of the season in 2016.PHOTO: supplied

Nicole de Klerk when he was announced as the KZN Inland Women’s provincial player of the season in 2016.PHOTO: supplied

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M ARITZBURG Fever had a chat with KwaZulu-Natal Inland Women’s team cricket player Nicole de Klerk from Howick.

De Klerk (19), who is studying for a Bachelor of Education degree at Unisa and doing her internship programme at Howick Preparatory School, said she started playing cricket when she was in Grade 3.

“I used to get along very well with the boys and my grandfather used to coach cricket. I would go to watch his matches and that was what inspired me. My grandfather actually passed on the passion to me,” she said.

De Klerk said she started playing for KZN Inland at the age of 13 years.

“My coach at school asked me if I knew that there was a women’s cricket team around.They [KZN Inland] had a camp and I decided to go there. I went there uninvited and did the trial and surprisingly I was selected to be part of the team. I was too young to even be training for the women’s team.

“I started playing for the U19 and when I got to Grade 9 at the age of 14, I started playing for both the U19 and the senior team.

De Klerk said: “Women in cricket really inspire me to be a better player everyday.”

She said they did something that they were told they could not do — play cricket.

She said her long-term goal is to play for the Proteas one day.

“I am working very hard for my team because I want to become the very best. I have had people who have told me that I cannot do anything but you just need to keep on pushing pass your limit. Do what you love. Keep your dream alive, no one will tell you what to do if you know what you are doing.”

When De Klerk is not going to training and playing cricket, she enjoys bass fishing at local dams.

“I also enjoy spending time with genuine people and visiting new local cafes.I want to experience them and help local businesses at the same time.”

She described herself as a humble person, yet competitive. She said when she is given a task she always wants to do her best and become the best.

De Klerk played basket ball as well in her early high school days.

I am working very hard for my team because I want to become the very best. I have had people who have told me that I cannot do anything but you just need to keep on pushing pass your limit. Do what you love. Keep your dream alive, no one will tell you what to do if you know what you are doing.

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