At only 17, Hannah Darlington is already a role model for young Indigenous athletes – and the Westfields Sports High School student wouldn’t have it any other way.
The all-rounder will captain Sydney Thunder’s first female Indigenous team in a three-game series against a Women's Development Squad in Tasmania starting on Wednesday.
Earlier this year, Darlington (of the Kamilaroi people) helped NSW win the National Indigenous Cricket Championships at Alice Springs averaging 97 with the bat and seven with ball.
“It is a really nice opportunity to be able to represent my culture. I take it in my stride to be a role model for those girls coming through,” she said.
Hinchinbrook resident Brendan Smith (of the Dunghutti people), is part of the men’s team that will play a Hobart Hurricanes Indigenous XI. Smith was part of the historic tour of the UK this year to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1868 Aboriginal team which toured the UK.
“It means a lot to represent your culture in a game that you love,” Smith told the Champion previously.
Smith has scored 170 runs at an average of 34 for Bankstown’s first grade team in the NSW Premier Cricket competition.
The men’s team will play a double header on Thursday against Hobart – who they beat last year in Orange – at Latrobe Recreation Ground.