Charlie Lamont lives and breathes cricket and it is this passion, talent and hard work that has seen her be selected in the under 15s ACT/NSW Country cricket team.
The team will be playing at the national championships at the end of February and it's a competition the budding star is looking forward to.
Charlie has had a big year on the cricket field, proving the sport isn't just for the summer months.
In 2019 she has played with her Riverina academy team that travelled to Raymond Terrace for the NSW Country Championships where she played in both the under 15s and under 18s sides.
It was a successful carnival, with the under 15s placing second and the under 18s sixth.
For the under 15s, Charlie opened the batting. After this competition she was selected in the under 15s ACT/NSW Country squad.
This squad was flown to Sydney for two, two-day camps. After that, the nervous wait to find out whether or not she had been selected in the team began,
"After a long wait, I got a phone call from the squad's coach who told me I was selected in the ACT/NSW Country team to go to the nationals in Canberra at the end of Ferbuary," Charlie said.
"I didn't think I would get in. Some of the players were really, really good.
"The nationals are an eight-day competition."
Charlie is also part of several other sides, including at a local club level and at school. n
She said while she was enjoying playing cricket, she was also learning plenty along the way.
"It's all new experiences ... getting to meet new people as well," Charlie said.
"I definitely want to keep going with it. There's so many different pathways to playing professionally now, so hopefully I keep going okay.
"I really like the atmosphere of this team. Everyone really gets on well with each other." Charlie will fly to Sydney in mid-January for an intensive camp in preparation for national championships.
In the meantime, she will be training at home here in Leeton whether it's in the nets, with her other teams, including the Riverina side.
"I've got something on all the time with my cricket, but I love it .. as long as I'm playing I don't mind," Charlie said.
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