Alexandra Joy Blackwell is a professional cricketer who has played for New South Wales and Australia as a specialist batsman. Her identical twin sister Kate has also played for Australia Alex came out as a lesbian in 2013 and has been instrumental in speaking and writing about homophobia in sports.
Alex was born in Wagga Wagga on Augusg 31, 1983.
a small rural town in New South Wales, Australia. She and her identical twin sister Kate attended Barker College in Sydney as boarders.
Most cricket nations have competitions for young players. It is a good way to scout and find prospective players of talent. In March 2000, Alex was selected to play for the New South Wales team against other Australian states: Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territories. Alex and the NSW team won all eight matches and at the end of the competition, Alex had hit a total of 149 runs which is very impressive.
The International Scene
It was inevitable that Alex would represent Australia on the international scene. She made her first debut in February, 2003 against England. Her last test match was again against England in July 2009.
She soon established herself as a force to be reckoned with especially when her bat connected and she scored impressive runs. Alex also captained the Australian team to victory.
Taking a Stand Against Russia
Alex used her profile to take a stance against the Russian governments discrimination against homosexuals in the winter Olympics in Sochi.
She joined NFL players Scott Fujita and Donte Stallworth, Wallabies forward David Pocock, AFLs Brock McLean, tennis ace Andy Roddick, Canadian speedskater Anastasia Bucsis and Aussie snowboarder Belle Brockhoff to add their collective voice to a petition established by Athlete Ally, an organisation that challenges homophobia and transphobia.
For your information, here are the Women’s World Cup Cricket countries and scores:
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Australia can be very proud of Alex for her professional sports ability and for her courage to come out. She is also admired for her fight to rid the sport of homophobia. paula.