Making Moves On & Off the Pitch
AFL SportsReady graduate Erin Lawler is forging a pathway that has taken her love of cricket from her home in Tasmania, across the world to the field in Ireland. After becoming a contracted player with the Tasmanian Roar in the National Women’s Cricket League at the age of 18, Erin’s cricketing career continues to soar.
‘Being contracted with the Roar is amazing’ said Lawler.
‘It has always been one of my goals to make it into the team, and I couldn’t be happier.’
The exciting fast bowler will join the Roar again during the 2016/17 season. In order to prepare, she has even taken an exciting opportunity to become a player and coach for a local team in Dublin.
Off the cricket field, Erin has successfully completed a Certificate III in Sport and Recreation, along with traineeship roles at Cricket Tasmania and AFL Tasmania.
‘It allowed me to get a behind-the-scenes look at sport and teaching kids sport too,’ she explained.
‘I wouldn’t be at this point in my career now, without traineeships’.
The chance to combine a love of sport into a learning environment provided the perfect platform for the talented cricketer to further her education.
‘I really wanted to work in sport. So once the opportunity presented itself, I did what I could to take it,’ she said.
With her traineeship experience and qualification in hand, Lawler is now planning a future playing the sport she loves, while developing another promising career in the process.
‘Teaching sport is what I want to do and having a traineeship behind me is going to help a lot when it comes to getting a job. To become a teacher would be amazing.’
The sporting star is also hopeful of playing in the green and gold for Australia.
‘Hopefully one day I’ll be playing with the Australian Women’s Cricket Team,’ she laughed.
DATE: 12 August, 2016
AUTHOR: Liam Oakey
IMAGE: LUKE BOWDEN, Mercury Newspaper. Tasmanian Roar assistant coach David Drew, Erin Lawler and coach Julia Price.