Here at Harcourts, we’re huge fans of our sport. We give back to the Otago community in any way we can by sponsoring and supporting local sports teams and youth clubs.
One notable partnership is with Otago Cricket. We’re passionate about expanding opportunities for young people in this sport and supporting the success of the senior teams.
As such, we’re proud to sponsor the Otago Cricket Test Match Dinner on 8 March. The occasion will celebrate the achievements of Suzie Bates – who was recently named the world’s best cricketer in both ODI and Twenty20 formats: she’s the first woman to ever achieve the two accolades in the same year. There’s no doubt that she’s firmly cemented her place as an all-time New Zealand sporting legend and an inspiration in the Otago community.
A skilled all-rounder, Suzie currently captains the White Ferns and plays for the Otago Sparks in the State League, the Southern Vipers in the UK and the Perth Scorchers in Australia. And she’s an Olympian, having represented the Tall Ferns at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
So we caught up with Suzie to talk cricketing success, motivation and her Otago roots before the Test Match Dinner.
Hi Suzie. How did you get into cricket?
I started playing in the backyard with my two brothers and then I joined a boys’ club. I moved into all-girls teams when I started at Otago Girls High School, where participation in sport was really encouraged. I felt I had pretty good opportunities: I played cricket, basketball, rugby, soccer — anything I could!
What motivated you when you were young? Do the same things still motivate you?
At the beginning it was about proving to my brothers that I could compete with them and that I was good enough to be invited to play. Now, though, it’s about proving something to myself. I have high personal expectations and I constantly challenge myself to do better.
You’ve played both cricket and basketball at the highest level. Do you have a particular outlook to life that’s helped you achieve such success?
I always go in with the thought that each game is a new one — any records or previous wins or losses are irrelevant. My own high expectations and demands of myself help me to avoid feeling any pressure — I focus on my own game and I know I’m capable of helping my team to a win if I have a good day.
The Otago Test Match Cricket Dinner is on 8 March and the club will be honouring your achievements. Are you looking forward to the occasion?
I’m looking forward to thanking the club, my friends and my family for their ongoing support — we’re a loyal bunch at Otago Cricket! It’ll be great to celebrate the success of women’s cricket in Otago.
Harcourts Highland Real Estate Group Ltd is sponsoring the Otago Cricket Test Match Dinner on Wednesday 8 March to celebrate Suzie Bates’s outstanding achievements.