Cooke was given the accolade for her work supporting, promoting and advocating for the women’s game in the ACT through coaching and mentoring roles, particularly in the pathway system.

The Community Champion Award was developed in 2019 by Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association and is given to a national or state cricketer for going above and beyond to help their community.

Nominations for the award can come from the Australian cricket community and Zoe felt particularly honoured to be nominated by her teammates, saying “For other players to say what I do is special really means so much considering all the girls do a lot for the community”.
Cooke has played for Western District Cricket Club for the last 14 years and volunteers her time coaching young players. To recognise her charitable work, the club named a scholarship after her which provides a junior player with coaching throughout the season. She said this coaching work is particularly important to her, “I want to see more Canberra-born players actually playing for the Meteors”.

Zoe isn’t just generous when it comes to cricket, she also volunteers for organisations such as Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, World Wildlife Foundation, Black Dog Institute and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Cricket ACT and the Abode Hotels ACT Meteors wishes to congratulate Zoe on this much deserved award.