MEIKA King, a 17-year-old boarder has become the first girl to play in the Firsts XI Cricket team in Wesley College’s more than 150-year history. Meika is only the third girl to play in the Firsts in the history of the Associated Public Schools of Victoria (APS) inter-school sport competition. Meika received a few encouraging words from Australian Captain Meg Lanning prior to her game in early March. Lanning was the first girl to play as a schoolgirl at this level.
Meika has grown up playing cricket with the boys ever since she was a young girl in Sale, Gippsland.
‘Being the first girl on the Wesley cricket team was a new experience for everyone and although I was a bit nervous at the start about the whole idea, I am now so thankful that I have been able to do it and was so welcomed into the team with such a great culture. I am so grateful for all the opportunities that Wesley and the cricket department have given me,’ she said.
An absolute star on and off the field, Meika feels that Wesley’s boarding facility, Learning in Residence, brings in the best of both worlds: world-class cricket and boarding in metro Melbourne.