Otago Daily Times

Lover of game joins NZC board

- ADRIAN SECONI Sports · Cricket · New Zealand · Otago · Dunedin · Christchurch · New Zealand Cricket

ANNA Camp­bell is a colum­nist, a busi­ness­woman, a ge­neti­cist, a man­ager, a mum and a self­pro­fessed cricket tragic.

It is the last of those ti­tles which sends her work­mates scur­ry­ing for the exit when she nips into the staff cafe­te­ria for a spot of lunch or a cuppa.

As im­pos­si­ble as it is to be­lieve, not ev­ery­one wants to spend their break talk­ing about the dif­fer­ence be­tween a goo­gly and a doosra.

Luck­ily, though, Dr Camp­bell has found the per­fect au­di­ence.

She has joined dou­ble cricket and foot­ball in­ter­na­tional Re­becca Rolls in be­ing elected to the board of New Zealand Cricket.

They re­place out­go­ing mem­bers Liz Daw­son and Don Mackin­non on the eight­strong board.

‘‘[The com­mu­nity game] has been a fo­cus for New Zealand

Cricket for a few years now,’’ Dr Camp­bell said.

‘‘It is about mak­ing it fun but also more in­clu­sive. They have al­ready started that work so it is just about keep­ing on that track.’’

Dr Camp­bell, who is the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Aba­cusBio and an Otago Daily Times colum­nist, has had a life­long love of the game. Her fa­ther, John Camp­bell, played club cricket into his 40s and she played ju­nior cricket in Dunedin and se­nior cricket in Christchur­ch.

There were also count­less back­yard games against her two broth­ers. That pas­sion has been passed down to the next gen­er­a­tion; her three chil­dren have all played or play the game.

Three years ago, Dr Camp­bell be­came the first woman to be elected to the board of the Otago Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion and was a pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cate for the game to be­come ‘‘more ac­ces­si­ble and less in­tim­i­dat­ing’’ for women, she wrote at the time.

She felt strongly New Zealand Cricket was mak­ing progress on that score, and she was mo­ti­vated to con­trib­ute.

Dr Camp­bell, who holds gov­er­nance roles on the boards of Otago In­no­va­tion, Ge­nomics Aotearoa and Otago Boys’ High School, was ex­cited about the busi­ness side of run­ning the game, too.

It would also be nice to have a sym­pa­thetic ear.

‘‘There is a guy in my of­fice who is as much of a cricket tragic as I am. And when­ever we’re in the tea room at the same time, ev­ery­one else just clears out.’’

She will not have that prob­lem around the board ta­ble.

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Anna Camp­bell

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