Rising star Amy Hunter from the small town of Kairi, on the Atherton Tableland, has been awarded the prestigious scholarship valued at $3,000 to support her sporting and educational development.

Former Australian Captain Jodie Fields (née Purves) started the personal scholarship program seven years ago to assist talented female players from regional centres.

““Having grown up in Toowoomba and travelled extensively throughout Queensland during my cricket career, I am acutely aware of the challenges facing regional and rural communities,” Ms Purves said.

“These include equitable access to quality health and education opportunities, particularly for young women and girls.

 “I was fortunate to have benefited from incredible support from my family and some very close supporters. The Scholarship is my opportunity to give back to another young cricketer.”

Despite the 2020-21 youth representative playing calendar being disrupted by COVID-19, Hunter, a right-arm fast bowler, has impressed talent development staff at Queensland Cricket both for her ability and her attitude and approach to the game.

The Atherton State High School student took up cricket at the age of 10 and has already amassed representative caps through school and club competitions. In addition to playing in the Cricket Far North ladies’ competition for Innisfail, Hunter is part of the Atherton Cricket Club’s junior Tier 3 side and senior third grade side.

From 2017 to 2020, she was part of the Northern Queensland Cricket Academy program run by Queensland Cricket. In 2020 she was vice captain for the Sunshine Coast Under 15 Girls, and captained the Under 15 Girls Flames team, in Brisbane.

The JFYCD Scholarship has given young female cricketers the opportunity to develop their playing careers and further their education.

Each year the Scholarship provides at least one recipient with $2,500 financial assistance, as well as $500 worth of playing equipment from Kookaburra Sport.

The initial two scholarship holders, Charli Knott and Josie Dooley, have played for the WBBL Brisbane Heat and Queensland Fire in recent seasons, while Toowoomba’s Ruth Johnston (Ipswich/Logan) and Bundaberg’s Lucy Hamilton (Sunshine Coast) have impressed in this year’s Katherine Raymont Shield in the Queensland Premier Cricket competition.

Hamilton, 14, was player of the match in the Final on the weekend when the Sunshine Coast won their first Katherine Raymont Shield title in their inaugural season in the competition.

The 2021 Scholarship sponsors, Morus Media and Kookaburra Sport, congratulated Ms Purves for her continued support for women’s cricket in Queensland

Previous recipients of the JFYCD Scholarship include: • Charli Knott (Mackay - 2014/15) • Josie Dooley (Brisbane – 2015/16) • Renee Irvine (Wondall – 2016/17) • Ruth Johnston (Toowoomba – 2017/18) • Stacy Rockliff (Townsville – 2018/19) • Bonnie Berry (Mackay – 2019/20) • Lucy Hamilton (Bundaberg – 2019/20)