Holly Ferling, fast bowler for the Queensland Fire Women’s team in the Women’s National Cricket League and for the Melbourne Stars in the Women’s Big Bash League, is making strides in cricket and helping communities — including those affected by the tragic bushfires.

Making her international debut in 2013 as a 17-year-old, Ferling has represented Australia in all three formats of Test, One Day International (50-over) and T20 (20-over) cricket. However, due to series of injuries, she has been absent in the international team since late in 2016, and has worked tirelessly to rehabilitate herself back to full fitness. At the end of 2019, Ferling and former Australian Women’s Team captain, Jodie Fields, visited the drought-stricken region of Goondiwindi in southern Queensland – the home of the Border Tarawera Cricket Club.

The cricketing duo visited as ambassadors of the Australian Cricketer’s Association’s Grassroots Cricket Fund, a $30 million commitment from Australia’s professional cricketers, to give community cricket clubs across Australia access to funds that significantly contributes and improves their respective clubs.The grant provided to Border Tarawera will ease the burden on struggling farmers to purchase new equipment, keeping the game they love accessible for all players; a critical outlet for players and has a positive impact on their mental health. Ferling, who grew up in Kingaroy, says her upbringing in rural Queensland makes her empathetic to what communities like Goondiwindi endure.

“I think that one of the main things is that sport is such a vehicle in communities like Goondiwindi, where it brings people together. Not only is about sport and the competitive nature of sport, but it’s about the community spirit and getting behind each other. It being about helping each other out through this drought and through these tough times,” Ferling says. Notwithstanding, when she is not playing cricket, Holly is playing her trade as a sports journalist, working for Brisbane radio station, 4BC, while also studying journalism and public relations.

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