Tuesday, 07 October 2014
A second year Cricket Coaching & Management student at the University of Worcester, is jetting off to New Zealand this week to represent Wales in the Indoor Cricket World Cup.
It will be the first year Jeska Ward has represented her country in the indoor version of the sport, although she has been playing for the outdoor squad since the age of 15.
“To play for my country in an international tournament is a once in a lifetime opportunity and even though I am nervous to compete, I am really excited to just get out there and get playing,” said the 19-year-old, who is in her second year of study at the University.
Jeska, from Oakengates, Telford, flies out to New Zealand on Wednesday and the tournament begins on October 18th. “I would say that my ambitions for the tournament would be to hold 100% of catches and to get a score of over 20 in each game,” she said.
Jeska started playing cricket at the age of eight with her family and said she “completely fell in love with the sport”. She is now part of the University of Worcester’s sports scholarship programme. As well as financial assistance, the scholarship gives Jeska access to individual Strength & Conditioning sessions, fitness testing, sports therapy, nutrition & lifestyle workshops and High Performance Student Athlete Mentors.
“I decided to study Cricket Coaching & Management because I have always been interested in sport and felt that this degree was more specific and focussed on the sport I had most interest in,” she said. “Also because it had the management side, it gave me a new avenue to explore and from this I really want to go into the management of sport once I have finished university.”