Olivia was previously employed as a National Coaching Specialist within the Team Performance department at Cricket Australia. Prior to working at Cricket Australia, Olivia worked within Athlete Wellbeing at the Australian Sports Commission (now known as Sport Australia) and as team manager for various Australian Water Polo teams.

Cricket ACT CEO James Allsopp said Olivia was the obvious candidate for the role after a rigorous application process.

“Her vision and strategy surrounding coach development was a significant factor in her appointment,” said James Allsopp

“She has a very well-rounded background in cricket as both a player, coach and administrator and her knowledge of the Canberra cricketing landscape was exceptional.”

Olivia has already commenced in the position and is looking forward to planning for a bigger and better season in 2019/20.

“Last summer was a bumper season for cricket in the ACT and I sense that there is that appetite for cricket again,” said Olivia Thornton

“Cricket Australia are in the final stages of signing a deal with the ACT Government to bring even more international content to the region which I think is fantastic and we look forward to hosting the best international cricketers in the world at Manuka again next season.

Olivia has also previously represented the NSW Breakers as a player in the Women’s National Cricket League and attained a Masters of High Performance Sport (Management and Leadership) from the University of Canberra.

“One of my major focuses is on the development of good people. Not only do we want to be producing quality players, but we want to be producing quality people.

“That’s been high on our list in terms of (player) recruitment and high in terms of making sure we have the right people involved in our programs.” 

The role was vacated in September 2018 by incoming Chief Executive Officer James Allsopp with the decision made not to replace the role until the conclusion of the 2018/19 season of cricket.

The High Performance department has also recently appointed Leah Mirabella as the new Player Development Manager, replacing Christine Higgison, in a vital role to support the wellbeing and growth of both the Abode Hotels ACT Meteors and ACT/NSW Country Comets players. Michael Delaney will also be joining the team, commencing in May, in the newly created role of High Performance Coach and Talent Manager.