School’s out for Rachel Trenaman


Watching her teammates on TV has been difficult, particularly the wins over the Renegades and the Stars which went down to the wire.

“They were the most stressful moments,” Trenaman says. “I was glued to the screen, praying for the girls to get over the line.”

Rachel Trenaman is glad to have finished year 12 and can now concentrate full time on her cricket.Credit:SMH

Combining cricket and study has not been straightforward for the 18-year-old from Wagga Wagga. There have been tours with Australia A and the national performance squad, plus pre-season training with the NSW Breakers.

She has been allowed to train at home by Breakers coach Dom Thornely, but her days are busy. She trained twice a day, in the morning with local coaches and in the afternoon with her father. School fell in between.

“My attendance at school was pretty low this year, about 65 per cent with all my time at the National Cricket Centre, with the NPS, Australia A to England,” Trenaman says.

“For sure, it was a big juggling act. I’m not the only one. I have to thank all my teachers at Wagga. They’ve been incredibly accommodating; giving me extensions, answering emails.

“It’s a lot of hard work, lots of early mornings and late nights. You have to do it if you want to reap your rewards and enjoy the fruits of your labour.”

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Trenaman has a better appreciation of numbers than most, having topped her school in two maths subjects last year as a year 11 student. She has already been offered a place at Macquarie University for an applied finance and economics degree but hopes to study commerce and advanced studies at Sydney University.

With school over, Trenaman will move to Sydney next year and live on campus. She can devote more time to a cricket career that appears destined for big things.

Her goals this summer are to break into the Thunder side and push her case for selection in the Australia A squad.

“It’s incredibly exciting, I’ve waited almost three to four years for this opportunity,” she says.

“It feels like school has continued to drag on, I would’ve loved to have finished 12 months ago. I’m looking forward to training every day and putting additional hours in, getting better and reaping the rewards.”

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