Nicole Jackson-Kiker has made history by becoming the first female president of a Sub-District Cricket Association.
Jackson-Kiker was elected Balwyn’s new president late last month, replacing Clinton Kennon to become the first female president of a Subbies club in the 109-year history of the association.
In a competition dominated by men, Jackson-Kiker is tearing down barriers.
While she’s hasn’t been on the Balwyn committee previously, Jackson-Kiker has been a familiar face down at Gordon Barnard Reserve watching her husband Geoff in the Tigers’ Second XI.
“I’m a Big Bash fan (and) I’ve been supporting Geoff playing cricket for a number of years,” Jackson-Kiker said.
“Am I passionate about cricket? Not necessarily but, for me, it is a good opportunity, I guess I am looking at it like work.
“It is a business, it is dealing with a committee, it is making sure we are all doing our jobs and we are all fully committed to the cause and club.”
While you may not catch her at the coming Ashes series, Jackson-Kiker brings savvy business acumen to the role as a marketing manager.
“I see the importance of the club, they’re a great club, very strong and very family-friendly,” she said.
“One thing I am passionate about is the community and if I can add any value to their future, then I’m really pleased to do so.”
Jackson-Kiker said she would be a more “behind the scenes” president.
“I had a few comments about the fact it might be a really nice change to have a non-playing president,” she said.
“I guess it is important we are looking ahead with a bit of a long-term vision, it is not just about looking at the opportunities for this season or next season but to have a look at how Balwyn Cricket Club will be viable in 10 years time.
“Am I passionate about the game? I wouldn’t say I was, but from a president’s point-of-view, I don’t really think that matters.”
This article originally appeared in the Progress Leader, by Toby Prime here.