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Sportswoman of the year

12 August 2011

Cardiff student and England cricket player Heather Knight has been named as the Sportswoman of the Year at the British Universities and College Sports Awards.

Heather, a student in the School of Biosciences has represented England and the University in cricket with considerable success this season.

Notable highlights include competing in the Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies; being selected to play in the Ashes; and scoring the winning runs against Australia in a Twenty20 match at the World Famous Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

heather knight

Stuart Vanstone, Head of Sport at Cardiff said: "I’d like to congratulate Heather on this much-deserved award. She is an extremely dedicated and well organised student and continues to juggle the demands of an intense degree programme with full-time training and weekend training camps across the UK. This puts a lot of pressure on her time but she has continued to represent Cardiff University Women’s Cricket Club and help out whenever possible."

Heather started playing Cricket at the age of nine receiving age-grade recognition when she was part of the Devon Under 15’s squad. She quickly moved into their senior team and after scoring a record breaking amount of runs, Heather was selected for the England Women’s Academy in 2009.

During 2009-10 Heather got her first call up to the England Senior squad and has been a permanent fixture in the squad since, representing England in all three forms of the game (Test, One day, and T/20’s). More recently Heather has been selected as the youngest captain involved in the re-introduced Super 4’s competition.

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