May 282015
 
Alex Blackwell

Alex Blackwell

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.

Early Days

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.

Under-17 Competitions.

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:

Team 1973 1978 1982 1988 1993 1997 2000 2005 2009 2013
 Australia 2nd 1st 1st 1st 3rd 1st 2nd 1st 4th 1st
 Denmark 8th 1R
 England 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st SF 5th SF 1st 3rd*
 India 4th 4th 4th SF SF 2nd 3rd* 7th
United Nations International XI 4th 5th
 Ireland 4th 5th QF 7th 8th
 Jamaica 6th
 Netherlands 5th 7th QF 8th
 New Zealand 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd* 2nd 2nd 1st SF 2nd 4th
 Pakistan 1R 6th 8th
 South Africa QF SF 6th 7th 6th
 Sri Lanka QF 6th 7th 8th 5th
 Trinidad and Tobago 5th
England Young England 7th
 West Indies 6th 1R 5th 5th 2nd

 

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.

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