CG5 trustee Dan Richards had a quick catch up with Grace Chaundy;
What about your sport do you like the most?
It has given me the opportunity to play cricket at a high competitive level, meeting new people and making friends that are kept forever.
When and what ﬁrst got you interested in the sport?
My Dad played cricket when he was younger and then my brother started to play. After going to watch him, I thought I would like to have a go and have been playing ever since
Can you give us a list of your top accomplishments, records you may have broken and your personal highlights so far or your proudest moments?
I have been part of teams that have reached 10 national finals for both club and County. We have finished 4th once, 3rd 4 times, 2nd 4 times and won the National title at under 15 level in 2013. My team has won the Sutton Coldfield Observer sports awards twice. Also, this year, my club team won the ladies premier league title. Personally, I have received a number of individual achievement awards from both club and County.
Your future aspirations, short term and long term – particular tournaments, events, maybe even the Olympics, turning pro?
I really hope to continue to play at a senior level for both my home club and Warwickshire and hope I can progress to 1st team ladies cricket at Warwickshire. Longer term, I would like to continue playing a part in cricket with coaching and encouraging younger girls to develop through the youth set up into senior cricket.
What did the grant help you with and what difference has it made?
The grant gave me the opportunity to travel to South Africa, further leading to selection at a first team level for club and a senior 2nd team place for Warwickshire. We were lucky enough to watch and meet up with both the Ladies and Men’s England cricket teams who were in South Africa at the same time as ourselves who were a great inspiration.
What does a typical day look like, how much time is spent training and practicing?
I am in my final year of A levels which is very time consuming but I have found that I have been able to balance training and fitness with school work. I train twice a week and coach younger girls one evening a week, leaving me time to concentrate on school work leading up to the exams in the Summer.
Through sport what have they learned about your own endurance, about your personal limits?
I’ve learnt that fitness is a key aspect to success and have been lucky enough to be offered additional strength and conditioning training with Warwickshire, on top of regular training, which has helped to strengthen my endurance and progression.
What words of advice or encouragement do you have to share with other young athletes?
Continue to play as much sport as possible when you’re young and don’t let others negative opinions of you or your chosen sport affect what or how you play. If you love what you do, stick at it for as long as you love it.
Thank for your time!