From a pool of 200 players down to 90, AGAME ambassador, Sophie Mackenzie is selected to represent the Western Storm side in the Kia Super League.
As the full squad lists for the inaugural Kia Super League were announced this morning, we caught up with AGAME ambassador and newly signed Western Storm player, Sophie Mackenzie, to find out what it means to her to be part of such a highly anticipated competition.
AG – “Sophie tell us how it feels to have been named in the Western Storm squad to take part in the inaugural Kia Super League.”
SM – “It feels great to have been given such a huge opportunity for something I never really thought would happen. Being from the West Country, I’m especially proud to be part of the Western Storm side above all else! The Kia Super League is obviously going to play a massive part in promoting women’s cricket here in the UK, and the interest and standard of the overseas players taking part just shows how great it’s really going to be. It’s a massive privilege to be a part of.”
AG – “What was it like finding out you’ve been given the nod?”
SM – “In all honesty, I didn’t expect to hear anything back, but to be given the opportunity gives me a big boost of hope and confidence for my future in cricket.”
AG – “Tell us a bit about what it will be like for you to play with some of the top names in the game such as Heather Knight, Anya Shrubsole and Fran Wilson.”
SM – “To be surrounded by and associated with such world class cricketers will do so much for me. This will be the perfect environment for me to learn from them, but there will also be a small amount of pressure to impress not only the coaches but these top names as well.”
AG – “When do you start training together and how do you intend to approach the sessions in search of a starting place in the side?”
SM – “We have a “get together” in early May which involves all the super league squads, training will begin shortly after this in the build up to our first fixture at the end of July. I’m unaware of my specific role within the squad at the moment but I’m sure as training commences this will become clear and I will strive to excel in whatever that may be. My approach to training will be open minded and I will be throwing myself in the deep end and ensuring I get everything out of it.”
AG – “What are you looking to take away from your experience in the league?”
SM – “The whole experience from start to finish will be invaluable. Hopefully I’ll come away with some strong performances and that Western Storm come away as overall winners!”
AG – “Finally, to any aspiring young girls out there who are already playing cricket or looking to take it up, what advice would you give to them?”
SM – “To any girls out there who are not already in cricket but are thinking about taking it up, I challenge you to get down to your local club/school and put yourself out there and give it a go. To anyone who currently plays for a club or school, I challenge you to trial for county level cricket whatever you think the outcome may be. And to anyone already playing county cricket and thinks that’s as far as it goes, I challenge you to challenge yourself in going further, because it really does happen and maybe one day, like me, you’ll be surprised at how far you can really make it.”
We would like to take this opportunity to wish Sophie all the best for the up and coming competition and we will be following her progress very closely throughout the summer.