A leadership camp held at Camp Iona got a pleasant surprise last Friday when White Ferns captain and former Tall Fern Suzie Bates dropped by.
She was recently named as female cricketer of the year and was at the camp to talk about leadership to the year 8 pupils and what it required.
Bates talked to the 56 children attending the camp about the importance of setting goals as well as looking at possible barriers they may encounter along the way.
Bates’ love of sport was influenced by her family. She grew up in a household where sport played a large part in her childhood. She is the current captain of the White Ferns and was named the New Zealand and International Women’s Cricket Player of the year in 2013.
In addition to her achievements in cricket, Bates played for the New Zealand’s women’s basketball team, the Tall Ferns at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. After being offered the captaincy role for the New Zealand’s women’s cricket team in 2011, she has made cricket her priority and is currently employed by Otago Cricket in a development role.
When asked about her career highlights Bates identified two milestones that were at the top of the list: The Otago Sparks’ win in the national competition after 52 years without taking the championship, and being a part of the an international selection to take part in the festivities celebrating 200 years of cricket at Lords in London.
Bates’ visit to Oamaru was made possible through the Sport NZ Olympic Ambassador Programme and Sport Waitaki.
LUCKY TWO: Jayden Cairns, of Maheno School, and Kate Paton, from Waitaki Valley School, each won a signed White Ferns jersey presented by Suzie Bates on Friday.