Mooney inspires next generation during Bay visit
AN ORDINARY girl from a small country town.
It is not the description you would expect of someone who has played 22 Twenty20 and One Day International games for Australia but Beth Mooney is as real as it gets.
The Southern Stars batter returned home this week on a short trip to Hervey Bay.
She spent much-needed time with family and friends, mixed with Hervey Bay Cricket Association's juniors and delivered presentations at her former high school, Xavier Catholic College.
Mooney, who became the first Queenslander to score an ODI century against New Zealand in Australia's Rose Bowl victory last week, said the opportunity to talk to young people was one she relished.
"I relish any opportunity I get to speak to younger generation and find out what they're passionate about, and make sure they're doing what they love so they have something to aspire to," she said.
"I never thought I'd be the person that people can aspire to but I'm really relishing the opportunity."
Almost perfectly on cue, a young student named Mitchell approached the reigning Women's Big Bash League player of the year.
"You're a big inspiration to the school especially when you've been told you won't be able to do it," the youngster said.
"I've had similar things... that doesn't stop me from reaching my dreams."
For Mooney, they are comments that still don't quite sink in despite her rise through the sport's ranks.
"I have to pinch myself I think," she said.
"I said in my speech, I see myself as an ordinary girl from a small country town who enjoys playing a bit of sport."
Mooney presented her framed playing shirts to Xavier Catholic College and the Hervey Bay Cricket Association as part of the Cricket Australia Debutant Recognition program.
The aim of the program is to acknowledge clubs around Australia which produce elite talent.