Ellyse Perry And The Slow Rise Of Women's Sport

After winning the T20 and ODI player honours in late December, the International Cricket Council awarded Ellyse Perry Female Cricketer of the Decade. She is one of the few cricket players in the world capable of turning the tide with the bat, the ball, or both. She debuted for Australia at 16 and 17 in football and cricket, respectively. She remained at the top of her game in both sports until 2014, when her growing professionalism forced her to make a decision.

Ellyse Perry and the Slow Progress of Women's Sports

Do you know about Ellyse Perry’s records? She's not just an accomplished writer but also a phenomenal athlete. In 2016, she joined the expanding list of authors who have written children's books about fictionalised sports heroes. Then, in 2019, she released Perspective, a more sombre book on her experiences as a professional athlete. 

Compared to her athletic prowess, her literary abilities fall short. Her co-author likely wrote the bulk of her children's novels. In contrast to the typical ghostwritten material most athletes generate, Perspective appears to be her original creation.

How can she maintain such astounding success? Multiple insights emerge as we shift our viewpoint. She was born into a privileged family in Sydney's northern beaches, where she spent her childhood. She certainly has a strong attachment to her father, as he often stays after school and on weekends to play sports with her, whether it be cricket or football. 

Ellyse Perry continues to work out with him whenever she's back in Sydney, and he provides remote coaching from wherever he happens to be. Unsurprisingly, her love of hard work lies at the core of her success. She has repeatedly told us that she prefers training to playing since training allows her to hone a skill frequently until she masters it. This is a common criticism levelled at famous athletes. Being a top-tier athlete requires more than just physical prowess.

Like the rest of the globe, Ellyse Perry has had a challenging 2020. She started the year off with a devastating hamstring injury during the World Cup, adding to the public crises of bushfires and pandemic that have stressed us all. Her performance with bat and ball in the Women's Big Bash League was well below her usual standard after months of rehabilitation that finally concluded late in the year. 

In addition, she and her rugby star husband, Matt Tomua, divorced in the middle of the year, perhaps due to years of inconvenient scheduling. You'd have to be crazy to bet against her coming back in 2021, but maybe Perspective wouldn't have been quite so upbeat and easy to read if it had been out the next year.

Between 2007 and 2014, Ellyse Perry represented Australia in two high-profile sports but still required a second job to make ends meet. Women who played cricket before now do it at their own expense. While making her name in cricket in 2010, the ICC did not have a female cricketer of the decade award. Since 2017, Women's Player of the Year has been recognised with the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award. These situations highlight the slow rise of Women’s sports around the world. 

What are some interesting facts about Ellyse Perry?
The Sydney-born all-rounder is the only person to have played for Australia in the World Cups of cricket and football. Perry created history when, in July 2007, before her 17th birthday, she played in her first senior international cricket match, the second ODI of the Rose Bowl Series in Darwin.
How many World Cups has Ellyse Perry won?
Perry has won eight world championships with Australia, eleven WNCL titles with NSW, and two WBBL titles with the Sydney Sixers.
For what is Ellyse Perry famous for?
Ellyse Perry’s age was 16 when she started her cricket career. She is the youngest cricketer to represent Australia at the international level. She is the only Australian Athlete who made a century in an Ashes series as well as also made a goal at a soccer World Cup.