Cricket ACT is pleased to announce the appointment of Stuart Karppinen to the organisations newly created position of Head of Cricket.

A Canberra local, Karppinen is a former Canberra Comet and Western Australia First Class bowler who has spent the last few years working as the Science Technical and Development Lead at the Australia Institute of Sport. Prior to that he was leading the Performance Services department at the ACT Academy of Sport.

Karppinen has also spent a significant amount of time with the Australian Men’s Cricket Team as the sides Strength and Conditioning Coach from 2008 – 2012 and was instrumental in setting up the High-Performance department for the Bangladesh Cricket Board during his tenure as General Manager – High Performance. 

Cricket ACT CEO Olivia Thornton welcomed Karppinen’s appointment.

“Stuart is highly respected within cricket and high-performance circles, both here in Australia and abroad, and we are excited about the opportunity for him to get back into the game and reconnect with the Canberra community,” Thornton said.

“I have no doubt that Stuart’s extensive experience and quality character will positively contribute to the ongoing growth and success of cricket within this region. Equally, he will add significant value to the broader Australian Cricket network. On behalf of everyone at Cricket ACT, we welcome Stuart and look forward to this next, exciting chapter. 

Karppinen said he was looking forward to coming into the organisation during a pivotal time for the sport in Canberra.

“I’m genuinely excited by the opportunity to contribute to Cricket ACT and the Canberra cricket community, as well as reconnect with the broader Australian cricket system.”

“I look forward to continuing to build on all the hard work of Cricket ACTs players, coaches, support staff, administrators, and key stakeholders in the cricket community, in growing our sports reputation in the Canberra region. “