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Young girl highlights an important issue female cricketers are facing.

In a letter which has gone viral on social media, 11-year-old Olivia Cotter of Moorooka wrote to sports equipment company Kookaburra to express her dismay at only being about to find batting pads for “boys” and “men”.

“Today I went to Rebel (Sports store) and bought the Kookaburra Verve Pro 400 batting pads in the size ‘boys’,” she wrote.

“It made me a little bit sad that the size was just called ‘boys’ as so many girls are playing cricket now too.”

Olivia told The Courier-Mail yesterday she did not expect to receive so much online support.

She said it highlighted the fact female cricket was becoming increasingly popular.

“There are so many girls playing cricket at the moment which is great,” Olivia said.

“Cricket gear definitely should be at least unisex (to recognise the female popularity).”

Kookaburra Cricket responded to Olivia’s letter by saying they had changed their sizing last year. “Kookaburra changed all its sizing to ‘adults’ and ‘juniors’ in 2017 to better reflect the growing female participation in cricket and break this anachronism,” a spokesperson said. “We think Olivia has seen some old stock somewhere that has old sizing, but regardless, her letter shows how crucial these changes are to reduce the barriers for girls to play cricket.

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  • Well written letter by an articulate young women whom wasn’t afraid to voice her opinion or experience..
    A great reply from Kookaburra an obviously forward thinking company whom was prepared to make changes to suit the requirements of ALL it’s clientel hats of two you both… this is how society’s succeed move forward and grow.

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  • Well done to Olivia and Kookaburra. It had either previously been brought to Kookaburra’s attention or the company had realised that females require equipment too.

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  • Certainly time for changes !

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  • Good move !

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