Phoebe Dundass loves sport, especially rugby and cricket, and she is on a mission to get more girls in North Otago to share her passion.
In her efforts to raise the profile of women’s cricket in the region, the Waitaki Girls’ High School year 12 pupil has arranged a twenty20 clash between her school’s first XI and the Oamaru police.
At 4pm today, she will captain her school’s side against a team of police officers at Waitaki Boys’ High School’s Don Field.
Phoebe (16) is an ambassador for the Forward Foundation, a charitable trust which aims to inspire the next generation of young female leaders in New Zealand through sport.
Each ambassador is tasked with organising an event at their school, or in their community, to encourage female participation in sport.
“I thought having a game with the police would be pretty fun,” Phoebe said.
“You don’t usually have much to do with them unless you’re in trouble.”
Phoebe has been playing cricket for about six years and is a regular starter for Albion in the North Otago senior competition’s second grade. She also plays in the recently entered Waitaki Girls’ High School team.
Her goal is to take her cricket, and rugby, to regional and national representative level.
Constable Neil Rushton, of Oamaru police, will captain the police team.
The former Otago Volts player said the match was a great opportunity to build relations between the police, the local community and the youth of Oamaru.
Const Rushton has 12 police officers lined up for this afternoon’s match – and said there were some talented players in the mix.
But Phoebe remained confident of her side’s chances.
“It’s pretty good – they should be scared,” she said.