Sarah Boak (bottom right) posing with the Stage 1 girls teams from last season. Photo: SUPPLIED
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THE Torquay Cricket Club has announced the captain of its Women’s First XI for the 2021/22 season with the season just a couple months away.
The announcement was made last weekend by the club that Sarah Boak, who has long been a stalwart of the club, would be leading the club’s top women’s side next season.
“I’m super excited to be the captain for the First XI Women’s team,” Boak said of her appointment.
“It’s a huge honour for everything we have done over the last two years and for myself to be captain is amazing.”
On behalf of the committee, the club’s president Rob Dunne was thrilled to give her the role.
“We are absolutely pumped,” Dunne said.
“We couldn’t have chosen a better candidate.”
Boak noted the long-time family connection with the club, which has allowed her to understand and express its values, adding to her leadership qualities of love and passion for the game.
“The club means a lot to me, it has been a part of my family for as long as I can remember so it’s a huge part of my life,” Boak said.
“To be asked to captain a women’s team that is new to the sport, I can’t speak highly enough of the honour to captain them.”
Dunne is aware of the family’s ties to the Tigers, but says it only adds to the type of leader she is and why she is tailor-made to the role.
“Sarah has a unique affinity with the club,” he said.
“She’s obviously grew up around the cricket with her father, Roger, being the president of the club.
“But beyond her capacity to be able to lead with her acumen, which has developed over the time playing cricket, she understands the club and our values having also served as the women’s coordinator in the past.”
The club was also ecstatic about the fact Boak has also served on the committee at the Barwon Women’s Cricket Club.
The Torquay Cricket Club is looking to consolidate and expand its senior and junior women’s program as it enters its fourth year of junior and senior play.
The Tigers have helped pave the way for continual growth for women’s cricket throughout the region and Boak has been there since the start.
“This year there are 40 different clubs in the Barwon region that are playing women’s cricket and that is a testament to women’s cricket,” Dunne said.
“Two years ago, there weren’t even a dozen teams and now there is 40 clubs.
“It is good, it is about time. My wife plays, my daughter plays, it is about time they got that spotlight.”
The 2021/22 season is set to get underway on October 17.