Alex Blackwell takes stand against discrimination
The former Australian captain knows her priorities in balancing her sporting and working lives.
Whenever Alex Blackwell turns up to training for the all-conquering NSW Breakers long after the session has started, it serves to reinforce to the team her dedication to duty and that even humble cricketers help paint life's bigger picture.
Blackwell, 30, who will represent Australia against England over the next month in a series of T20s, one-dayers and a Test for the women's Ashes, works as a genetics counsellor at Sydney Ultrasound for Women. Despite the cut and thrust of the Women's National Cricket League, Blackwell described her responsibilities to the expectant mothers at the clinic as priorities one, two and three.
''Pregnant women come through for their 12 weeks scan and I see them immediately after the scan is taken,'' said Blackwell. ''I'm able to tell them how things are going [based on their] nuchal translucency screening; basically the risk of chromosome abnormality in the pregnancy.''
It can be a challenging job, though Blackwell said it was a role which allowed for her to share in the joy of pregnancy.
''Ninety-five per cent of the time it's really great news and it's a privilege to be part of that very special time in people's lives … I more often than not get tears of joy rather than difficult times,'' she said. ''It's a fascinating job and things are moving quite quickly as technology changes.''
It was the ''5 per cent'', said Blackwell, who bats with furious intensity, that definitely put life into perspective.
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