Sophie has been part of the White Ferns for the last three seasons and when she was selected for the side she was sitting in home economics class at High School.
She is one of the youngest members of the White Ferns and she was first selected to play for the Wellington Blaze when she was just 14. She is a multi talented sportswoman and not only has she played cricket for New Zealand but she is also part of the Black Sticks hockey team.
Cricket started early for her. Sophie and her brother went to great lengths to find a concrete roller to create their own pitch on their front lawn – much to their mother’s disapproval. They would spend the summer playing cricket on the pitch and Sophie says it was a great way to enjoy the hot weather.
She first debuted for the White Ferns in 2006 in an ODI and then a Twenty20 game against Australia, and was recently part of the squad that travelled to the world cups during 2009. Sophie says although the White Ferns didn’t win, it is good to look back at the big achievements of the team.
She puts her success down to hard work and being driven, but she says when it comes to competing at the top level you also have to have fun. “It’s easy to get bogged down and stressed out, so you just have to have fun.”
Between sports Sophie spends her time studying at Canterbury University. She is currently working towards a bachelor of arts majoring in sociology. She enjoys the Canterbury lifestyle and loves heading down to the beach in the summer months.
- Sophie is an exciting prospect as an all-rounder.
- She bowls with good pace and venom and is an extremely hard hitting middle-lower order batsman.
- She brings some explosive power and pace to the batting and bowling units.
- She is also a very good National League and Junior NZ hockey representative.
Quick fire questions
1. What’s it like playing two sports at an international level?
“It’s really cool being a double international. I played hockey all the way through school. I play in the full back position.”
2. What are three words to describe you?
“Energetic, clown, driven.”
3. What would you like to say to the White Fern supporters?
“Cheers for the support and make sure you get out there and see some action this summer.”
Favourite ground: Basin Reserve
Most memorable game: Hmm too many too choose from
Greatest influence on career: Probably dad
My favourite holiday destination is... Gold Coast or Tawa!
The best advice I’ve ever received is... “Sports do not build character. They reveal it”.
My favourite meal to cook is... chicken burritos
My favourite food to eat is... Lasagne
My sporting hero is ...Tiger Woods or Roger Federer
My non sporting hero is... Charlize Theron
When not playing cricket I love to... play other sport, sleep
When I was young I wanted to be... an All Black! haha
My biggest claim to fame is... sitting next to Dan Carter at a hockey game!
If I won lotto something I would definitely buy would be... abach up in Gisborne