Alyssa Healy knows a thing or two about cricket. As the niece of Australian Test wicketkeeper, Ian Healy, the daughter of Queensland cricket team member, Greg Healy, and soon to be the wife of Australian Test fast bowler, Mitchell Starc, it’s safe to say that Alyssa is far from new to the game.
With 5 years playing internationally and achievements that include a victory at the ashes in 2015 and a record for the most dismissals in Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) season, Australian women’s wicketkeeper, Alyssa Healy has certainly made her own mark on the family name.
We sat down with this inspiring female sports star to talk about her health and fitness routine, gossip about her engagement and get the scoop on how to train like an athlete.
I started playing cricket when I was seven so I have now been playing for eighteen years.
When I was younger I never really thought of playing cricket. I got introduced to the game via a friend and then my family – especially my dad – helped me get to where I am today.
Cricket is a really unique sport where you play in a team, but all of your skills are done individually. That means that we pretty much train every day whether it be honing our individual skills, training with the team or doing some form of fitness. Staying in shape is pretty important as we often play all year round now. We are often in the gym or doing running drills to keep in shape. Apart from cricket, I play hockey in the winter, which keeps me fit.
As we play almost year round now it is pretty important to keep both regimes similar. However we do get six weeks off a year to relax and that’s where all the food you love can come back into play.
It’s pretty tough at times, but we all play the game because we love it. I still get to travel the world doing something I love, which is pretty special even if it doesn’t come with as big a pay cheque as some of the men!
Being a part of a team that has won four world cups is special. It’s an exciting time to be a female cricketer and hopefully there will be some even bigger achievements in the next few years.
Be open to every culture wherever you travel and always have a good set of headphones for the plane.
Headphones! As well as any small piece of tech equipment that will keep you occupied on long flights or bus rides.
Most female athletes are inspiring. They always have a great story to tell and have more often than not overcome some hardship to get to where they are.
Just enjoy the sport and time with friends. If you decide you want to excel then give it a red-hot crack, but you still need to enjoy what you do to succeed at it.
Our lives are generally hectic so I enjoy doing very little in my downtime. I especially love spending time at the beach with my two dogs.
I love chocolate. Tim Tams are my downfall!
Enjoy it while it lasts!
Staying on top of little niggles is really important so that they do not become major injuries. Ensuring you recover properly from training and see the physio when needed is essential. Using your downtime to fully rest and recover is also a good idea.
We first locked eyes as 10 year olds playing cricket together haha! We grew up playing cricket together so have known one another a long time. We kept bumping in to each another at Cricket NSW when we first started playing for NSW. I guess it was fate in the end.
Probably makes it worse to be completely honest. Only because when you’re both at home it’s usually your rest time so that’s when the relaxation and the Tim Tam eating takes place!
We’re usually recovering from a game on Saturday and preparing for one on Sunday.
Razor and moisturiser! Have to have smooth legs in whatever you do.
Most commonly I’m in some sort of active wear walking the dogs. I find Asics to be the most comfortable. Otherwise you’ll find me in jeans and a scarf.
Group (I love to be a pest!)
SUP for sure
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Anything by James Patterson
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