Cross-sports athlete Jodie Hicks has the perfect mentor while she lives out her dream of playing for two professional sports.
The GWS Giants (AFLW) and Sydney Sixers (WBBL) squad member lives with Australian women’s cricketer Ellyse Perry, who also represented Australia in soccer a decade ago.
Hicks, who is originally from the NSW town of Hay, mentioned how supportive Perry’s been of her decision to pursue sporting excellence while playing both sports.
“She’s always encouraging people to play two sports, especially as the sports get more professional and a lot more in demand with training, as you’ll only be able to play one, so you’ve got to do it while you can,” Hicks told The Women’s Game.
“The better you get at both of them, the harder it’s going to be to play both, which she found with the cricket and the soccer, so she had to faze one out,” she said.
Nicely done by Jodie Hicks! Takes a great catch on the boundary line with Krishnamurthy looking to up the run rate! Hurricanes 3-46 after 10 pic.twitter.com/wvGyVlLd7r— Rebel Women's Big Bash League (@WBBL) December 23, 2017
Hicks feels she’s more of a natural at AFL but with cricket being a technical game, she’s still learning her craft and feels she won’t hit her straps until she’s in her mid-twenties.
So for the moment she’s keeping her options open and will continue playing both.
While Hicks may have struggled to be included in the Sixers top 12 players on a regular basis during the recent season, the 2017 AFLW number six draft pick had no such trouble making the game day roster from the interchange bench for the Giants.
She feels the skills she has learned over the years playing Auskick, junior boys Aussie rules and all the way up to seniors at Belconnen Magpies has helped her out during the season.
“I find I’m pretty clean off the deck and I’ve got an alright kick, but every now and then it’s a bit wayward... but I’m still working on it and (trying) to be consistent all the time,” Hicks said.
“You’ve got to have accuracy, especially in the game, because if you don’t get it there on the full it’s not a mark, then it’s just free-for-all and luckily we’re good at contesting the ball but it doesn’t mean you can’t take your skills to another level,” she said.