Juggling cricket, soccer, university and social life for a fairly long time, Ellyse Perry has tastefully mastered the art of all-rounder performance, while easily progressing in her main proffession.
With her earliest memories being of enjoying plenty of outdoor activities with her family in her childhood, sports was something she felt “fortunate” to make her career, not to forget her proficiency in not 1 but 2 sports.
At only 16, Perry became the youngest Australian to represent the country in cricket as she made her debut against New Zealand, and just a month after her cricket debut, earned her national cap for football. She also made history by being the first Australian to represent the nation in both Cricket and Football World Cups.
In 2010, Perry was faced with a decision to choose between the sports, as her tournaments for both overlapped with each other. Of course, she chose the latter. Later, she signed with Sydney FC, but is currently focussing on cricket instead, and even though it was difficult for her to abandon her football career, she is glad to have improved her main game since then.
Looking back at her achievements in the last 13 years since her debut, Perry has received three Belinda Clark Medals, lifted 6 World Cups, honoured as the ICC ODI cricketer of the year in 2019 amidst other things. In football, she was the Canberra United Player of the year in 2009 and also the W – league young player of the year in 2009.
If you thought she couldn’t be anymore talented, she also authored a series of books in 2016 with Sheryl Clark, reflecting on her amazing journey in sports.
“With all women’s sport at the moment, the sky’s the limit. It’s incredible some of the things that have been happening,” Perry reflects.
“We’re very fortunate to be in a position where what we’re doing is hopefully a really good news story and positive news story and has a massive influence on a lot of people. It kind of helps to change society a bit, which is pretty cool,” Perry said in an interview with Telegraph UK, and considering her large influence on cricket and the society at large, this lady of talents is arguably the best ever seen, and at 29, she is out to do much more.