Cricket pioneer receives honour

Colac cricket official Jaccob Rodda earned recognition for his dedication to female cricket participation at this year’s Wannon awards. He is pictured with inaugural Irrewarra women’s captain Jacinta Langdon.

Committed Colac cricket official Jaccob Rodda has earned commendation for his instrumental role in providing greater opportunities to the district’s female cricketers.

Federal MP Dan Tehan visited Colac’s Central Reserve yesterday to officially recognise the sporting achievements within his Wannon electorate.

Rodda won an Individual Community Contribution Award for his crucial role in creating a pathway for female cricketers from junior to senior competition.

The dedicated administrator helped initiate a junior girls’ league in the Colac district last season and was influential in launching the Irrewarra Redbacks’ women’s team which is competing in the Barwon competition this year.

Rodda said his involvement in kick-starting female cricket participation in the region had been a thoroughly rewarding experience.

“I guess I’ve done a fair bit over the journey, from being involved in the cricket association’s committee, president of my club for many years and captain of my Division Three club for a few years, so it was a new challenge,” he said.

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