Stafanie Taylor, captain of West Indies Women, has described as “special” the plans by Sports Minister Olivia Grange to have the Eltham High School sports facility renamed the Stafanie Taylor Oval.
“I played cricket for the school at the Under-16 and Under-14 levels where we won a number of competitions.
“It will therefore be good to know that whenever I return to visit the venue the memories will be there,” she added.
The 24-year-old Jamaican cricketer is an outstanding player of West Indies women’s cricket team. She has represented West Indies women’s cricket team over 80 times since her debut in 2008.
Taylor is a right-handed batter and off break bowler; she was selected as the 2011 ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year – the first West Indian to receive the accolade.
She broke into the West Indies team in 2008, aged 17, and immediately inserted herself as a key member of the team.
She scored her highest Twenty20 total on debut, striking 90 runs from 49 balls to help her side to a large victory. In the 2016 World Twenty20, she was the highest run-scorer and named player of the series.
Taylor is one the most famous students to attend Eltham. She played a leading role in helping the West Indies dethrone Australia in the final of ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in India last month.
Minister Grange, in the aftermath of Taylor’s welcome home, made the announcement of the renaming of the venue at the school.
“I hope it will be an inspiration for the students, especially girls, to let them know that with hard work and dedication they can go far,” Taylor said.
Eltham has been the most consistent school team in the urban area since 2000. This includes five straight Grace Shield titles between 2004 and 2009.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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