Con­sta­ble Perkins ready to bowl ’em over

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By MATT SHAND

White Ferns crick­eter Katie Perkins has be­gun a new in­nings.

Perkins was one of 40 trainees of Wing 278 to grad­u­ate from the Royal New Zealand Po­lice Col­lege in Pa­pakowhai last Thurs­day.

The New Zealand women’s cricket team has a busy sum­mer ahead, but Perkins will have other things on her mind be­fore that.

She said she al­ways felt she had a heart for help­ing oth­ers and thought the New Zealand Po­lice would be a place she could make a pos­i­tive im­pact on so­ci­ety.

While Perkins aced her phys­i­cal train­ing and de­fen­sive tac­tics strat­egy parts of the course, plac­ing first in her class for both, the aca­demic work proved dif­fi­cult.

‘‘The aca­demic course work about law was the hard­est, be­cause I don’t have a back­ground in that,’’ she said.

‘‘But in say­ing that, what you are learn­ing about is what you love, which makes it eas­ier.’’

It was fit­ting in her sports com­mit­ments around course work that proved most dif­fi­cult, but she was able to at­tend the White Ferns train­ing camp in Lin­coln last month.

It is a jug­gling act she will need to get used to.

‘‘I came into polic­ing know­ing that there have been sports peo­ple who have suc­cess­fully com­bined the two jobs,’’ said Perkins, 25.

‘‘I left my old job be­cause it didn’t al­low much time for cricket, but the po­lice say they are sup­port­ive of in­ter­na­tional sports rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

‘‘That’s good be­cause I want to ex­cel in both ca­reers.’’

When asked which one she would pick if it came down to it, she re­luc­tantly sided with the po­lice.

‘‘ It would be a re­ally tough de­ci­sion – cricket is my pas­sion. But I’m con­fi­dent the bal­ance will work out be­cause ev­ery­one is very sup­port­ive.’’

Auck­lan­der Perkins has played 27 matches for New Zealand since mak­ing her in­ter­na­tional de­but in Jan­uary 2012. She has been cho­sen for the White Ferns team that will tour the West Indies in Oc­to­ber.

Perkins has dis­cov­ered that the New Zealand Po­lice does not have a women’s cricket team.

‘‘I guess I’ll have to bat in the men’s team. That’ll shake things up and cause some real con­tro­versy!’’

Photo: MATT SHAND

Cel­e­bra­tion: Katie Perkins be­comes Con­sta­ble Perkins.

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