Fitzpatrick first to receive coaching scholarship

Published: Tuesday, April 19, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:World's fastest female bowler and Australia's pace spearhead Cathryn Fitzpatrick has become the first female cricketer to be awarded a coaching scholarship by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), stated a Cricket Australia release.

The 37-year-old bowler who was instrumental in paving the way for Australia's record fifth women's World Cup triumph in South Africa, will begin the scholarship this week.

Fitzpatrick follows in the footsteps of Tim Nielsen, current head coach of the Commonwealth Bank Centre of Excellence, Australian Test opener Justin Langer and Victorian quickie Matthew Inness as previous recipients of the ASC's coaching scholarship.

She will take 12 months sabbatical from her job with Australia Post to work with the men's and women's elite squads at the Commonwealth Bank Centre of Excellence (CBCE) in Brisbane, and will be mentored by the senior coaches at the CBCE.

Fitzpatrick will officially commence the scholarship on 22 April (Friday), the Cricket Australia release added.

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