Former Wairarapa College cricketer Melissa Hansen continues to make strides towards her ultimate goal of playing international cricket. Already an established first class player with the Central Districts Hinds, Hansen was invited to a regional (Wellington and Central Districts) talent camp in June, which involved coaching sessions overseen by NZ White Ferns coach Haidee Tiffen.
Hansen’s efforts at these sessions were such that she has now received an even more prestigious invitation. Following these regional sessions the NZ White Ferns selectors have identified eight emerging players from around the country, as part of New Zealand Cricket’s talent identification and future succession planning. Hansen will now attend a further training camp for these eight players, at the NZC High Performance Centre at Lincoln, Christchurch in the middle of July. This camp will see concentration on one on one training sessions, both with the National coach as well as other specific skills coaches over a period of three days.
Hansen is hopeful that being identified in this way, and being part of this emerging group could lead to bigger and better things. An immediate goal for the 2016/17 could be New Zealand A selection but she is certainly taking things one step at a time.