Abode Hotels ACT Meteor teenager Olivia Porter has committed to the Sydney Thunder for a further two seasons ahead of WBBL|07.

Porter first joined the Thunder as a local replacement player in WBBL|05 and received her first contract in 2020. Unfortunately a tibial stress reaction in her right leg before the start of the season means she is still waiting to make her WBBL debut.

“It’s incredible. I’m over the moon,” Porter said.

“I’ve supported the Thunder right from the beginning.

“To make my debut this season would be an incredible experience and that’s always been a lifetime goal of mine. Definitely, top of the rank.”

The timing of her leg injury also meant Porter could not experience the Thunder’s WBBL|06 success from within the group due to COVID-19 protocols.

“It was tough watching from afar last season and not being able to be in the hub, but that just highlights where our world is at, at the moment, and we have to be adaptable and resilient,” she said.

“(The team’s success) inspired me so much to really work hard this pre-season and I just can’t wait to get in there and see first-hand what a championship side looks like, on and off the field.

“I’m so grateful for this opportunity.”

Porter, who grew up in Gladesville, joined the Thunder as a local replacement player in WBBL|05.

Following her rehabilitation from injury, she made her Women’s National Cricket League debut for the ACT Meteors in January 2021.