Horley and Hadley will connect with several local cricket clubs and schools over the three days.

Martin Gleeson, Area Manager for Southern NSW & ACT, has been working with the Cricket NSW community team to organise the events in Canberra.

Gleeson said, “Both Saskia Horley and Ryan Hadley are emerging young guns who have recently represented Australia at U19 level and will be able to share their stories and inspire the next generation to play at their local cricket club.”

“Symbolically, it signifies that registrations for the local cricket season are open and the efforts of club volunteers in setting up their teams and recruiting for the start of the season will be supported by the activities of the players during their three day visit.”
 
Horley, who along with her teammates is getting ready for a first ever standalone WBBL season which begins in October, said she is looking forward to connecting with the local communities and helping inspire the next generation of cricketers.

In the broader spectrum of the Country Blitz, 11 players will visit 26 regional communities across New South Wales and ACT over a 2-week period.

“For me it’s exciting to go to all different areas and get to know the Thunder community,” Horley said.
 
“It’s really important, especially for the women, to engage with the kids because that’s where it all gets started.”

Underpinning all community initiatives is a focus on inclusiveness, ensuring cricket is a sport for all.