(SEPTEMBER 24–OCTOBER 23)
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(JUN 23–JUL 23)
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(JUL 24–AUG 23)
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(AUG 24–SEP 23)
Like most kids, I played a lot of sport – not knowing that it could potentially become my job one day. Once I started to get older and realised that I could actually earn money playing a sport I loved, that’s when it began to become a more realistic thing. When I stopped playing all the other sports just to focus on cricket, then it actually became a reality. I’m a very competitive person and I think cricket is one of the most competitive sports around.
I was pretty fortunate that when I started playing, women’s cricket was beginning to explode. I know that maybe 20 years ago women weren’t as lucky as I am now, so I’m really grateful for the opportunities that I do get. I get to travel the world playing the sport that I love and I don’t think many people get to do that as their job. That’s a really special thing I’m able to do.
My family has been there since day dot and they will be there until the end of my career. They just kept reiterating to me that you can achieve your goals and you can achieve your dreams. One dream of mine was always to play for my country and I’ve been able to fulfil that. It’s pretty special and I never want to take that for granted, so having their support along the way helps to keep me grounded and to keep remembering the little things as well.
If I were ever to give some advice, it would be to surround yourself with supportive people who know that you can play at the highest level.
I’d love to be seen as a role model in the Indigenous community, to prove to any aspiring Indigenous athlete that you can chase your dreams and achieve anything if you work hard enough. The one thing I try to tell young kids is that if you put in the work, you’re going to reap the rewards later in life. There is no way in this day and age that your culture is not going to allow you to play at the highest level. That’s what kids need to remember: that there’s nothing standing between them and playing the best they can.
I’ve never been attacked online or booed on the field, like some Aboriginal athletes have been, and hopefully I don’t ever have to encounter that. It’s not right for anyone to ever have to experience that. But those who do face backlash need to make sure they have support around them, and belief in themselves that what they’re doing is right and they’re good enough. There’s never been anyone saying to me, “You can’t do it.” There has always been immense support along the way. It’s about going back to your support networks for clarity on who you are.
The thing that’s really special about cricket is playing in a team. I’ve made some lifelong friends playing cricket and I get to call some of my closest mates my teammates as well. If you’re having fun playing a sport that you love, then you’re always going to play well. If you’ve got a smile on your face, then you’re doing great. Ashleigh Gardner will play in the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) starting December 1.