In a historic day for women’s sport, the NSW cricket women’s team, the Breakers will become the first ever team to turn professional.
It comes after a lucrative sponsorship deal was signed with company LendLease. The announcement is being described as a landmark decision and is a fantastic achievement for women’s domestic cricket.
CEO of Cricket NSW Andrew Jones announced the news at the Sydney Cricket Ground this morning.
“This truly is a landmark moment…Cricket NSW has always been a leader in women’s sport and today we are proud to announce another first,” said Mr Jones.
“Every member of the Lendlease Breakers squad now has the opportunity to pursue a professional sporting career.
“I am confident that every state in Australia will now follow the lead of Cricket NSW by giving their female cricketers the opportunity to earn a living wage.”
The Breakers will now be able to earn a minimum wage of $35,000 with leading players making up to $100,000 or more.
MP Stuart Ayres also acknowledged the importance of females attending and participating in sport at the press conference.
“Our female athletes are fast securing the global wins capturing hearts and minds, and ensuring we get the balance right across the board will be the only way to get more women and girls playing sport, in coaching and officiating roles and on our boards and committees,” said Mr Ayres. – Jesse Mullens
Photo of an NSW Breaker player from the NSW Breakers Twitter feed.