Kait named Queensland U17 captain
RISING star cricketer Kaitlyn Rackemann has been selected as captain of the Queensland under-17 women’s cricket team, which will play in the Australian championships at Brisbane from January 4-11.
Emily Giles, a fast bowler from Monto, was also selected in the team.
Rackemann, of Coalstoun Lakes, plays for University while attending St Margaret’s in Brisbane, and has just finished Year 11.
This year, Rackemann undertook a Certificate IV in Community Relations and, as a school-based development officer for Queensland Cricket, visited schools in Brisbane to promote the game and teach basic cricket skills.
Her coach since 2006, Andy Richards, now coach of the under-17 team, said her strong work ethic and commitment made her a deserving choice to lead her state.
Rackemann opens the batting and bowls medium pace, usually at first change, and she has found a new bowling coach in distant relative and former international cricketer Carl Rackemann.
All in all, the teenager has a very busy life. Speaking from her family’s farm at Coalstoun Lakes, she said she had been driving the tractor while helping with the watermelon harvest, in between trips to Brisbane for training.