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Captain Kris Britt leads the way for ACT Meteors

Ashleigh Went
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ACT Meteors Captain Kris Britt during the WT20 match between Victoria and the ACT at Russell Lucas Oval on 25 October 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.

It’s not everyday you meet an athlete who’s played for Australia. I was especially honoured to meet Kris Britt as a woman who’s found great success in sport, not only on a national level but also right here in Canberra as the captain of the ACT Meteors women’s cricket team.

Kris’s love affair with cricket started at the young age of 13 here in Canberra. As a young teenager Kris would compete in athletics but was always on the lookout for something more.

“I got really sick of individual sport and was driving home from a session at the AIS thinking how I really wanted to take up another sport. I saw a sign on one of the light poles saying ‘Come have a go at cricket’, and that was it,” Kris explains.

Whether sheer luck or an act of destiny that flyer started what would become an impressive career in cricket.

“I started playing local club cricket here, made the ACT reps side under 19s then got picked up by South Australia to go and play there for nine years—that was before the Meteors were around,” Kris says.

Kris was also selected to play for Australia.

“I played on and off for six or seven years,” she says.

“I made my debut when I was 18; I’ve got to travel around Australia and New Zealand so I’ve been pretty lucky. Hopefully, you never know what happens, it could happen again but my main focus is to mentor and show the younger girls through this elite sport environment.”

Her experience in women’s cricket is just one of the many elements that makes Kris such a great captain for the team having learned from some of cricket’s key female players including Shelly Nitschke and Karen Rolton.

“Karen Rolton is probably one of the greatest players to have played in women’s cricket, so I guess I did my traineeship under her guidance in South Australia and then I came over here. I hope to pass on the experience, knowledge and skills that I’ve picked up over the years,” says Kris.

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ACT Meteors Captain Kris Britt during the WT20 match between New South Wales Breakers and ACT Meteors at Blacktown International Sportspark on 10 October, 2014 in Blacktown, Australia.

Kris also sets an example for the team members. She’s worked hard to lead an incredibly healthy lifestyle, describing her key responsibility as Captain as leading from the front.

“That doesn’t just mean on the field,” Kris explains. “It also means at training, trying to prepare myself the best that I can in the gym, showing the other girls (especially the 17 and 18 year olds) what it means to play for the ACT Meteors and be in a competition that is now elite and semi professional [and also] preparing yourself skills wise, nutrition wise…all the stuff that’s off the field.”

It’s a big job, but one that Kris Britt has done extremely well. ACT Meteors Strength and Conditioning Coach Kyle Piper has witnessed Kris’ hard work first hand.

“Four years ago Kris probably didn’t fit into a powerful athletic mould, but since then she’s completely embraced the way that she lives her lifestyle now, it’s just fantastic!” Kyle says.

“She’s also great at encouraging and incorporating the younger people in the group to be like that too and to strive to play for Australia, which at the end of the day is what it’s all about. She’s been really good at driving that.

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ACT Meteors Captain Kris Britt during the WNCL match between Victoria and the ACT at Russell Lucas Oval on 26 October, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.

 

“Kris has been there—she’s played for Australia, she’s still trying to play for Australia as much as anyone in the group. She sets the standard and is really fantastic at bringing others along for the journey as well.

“If it wasn’t for the way she’s conducted herself we wouldn’t be anywhere near where we are trying to get to,” Kyle says.

On top of being an elite athlete and Captain of the team, Kris also works a full time job in recruitment but says it can be difficult fitting it all in. She’s lucky that she has a supportive employer—a task that is not always easy, given the amount of time the players need to have off, especially during the cricket season.

On top of her “normal” job, Kris says that her role in the ACT Meteors has “pretty much become a part-time job now.

“Training is every morning and every afternoon [for me] so either squeezing in a gym session in the morning and then skills in the afternoon. We’re probably up and going 12 or 13 hours a day—eight hours at a normal job and then four hours training.”

For most of us, the prospect of four hours training on top a normal full time job seems simply implausible. Kris is a truly remarkable woman and we can’t wait to see what lies ahead for her in her remarkable journey.

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Ashleigh Went

Ashleigh Went has a passion for all things health and wellness. She’s currently furthering her studies in nutrition, but also has a Bachelor of Communication and is a qualified fitness instructor with over five years experience working in a gym. Among other things, she’s a lover of great food, coffee and fashion. She can usually be found shopping for activewear, in the gym or updating her Instagram @wentworthavenue More about the Author

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