‘Jules’ as she is affectionately known around the association, established the Midland-Guilford Perth Scorchers Girls Cricket League (MGPSGCL) in the summer of 2016-17 with 34 players, and four teams in a revolutionary season for cricket in the region.
That number skyrocketed to 65 players across eight teams in 2017-18, and the following season saw the creation of the inaugural Under 15’s competition as the girls continued to play cricket into the higher age groups.
It was this hard work that saw Jules recognised as the WACA’s Female Volunteer of the Year in 2017-18.
“I honestly don’t see what I do as anything very outstanding, I just do whatever work is necessary to achieve the end result and in this case it was about creating and growing girls cricket within the Midland-Guilford region, particularly in the junior teams,” Ms Barrington said humbly.
“To see where it is today, makes me feel very proud that I’ve played my small part in putting it together and it’s extremely satisfying to feel like I’ve made a difference.
“It’s especially satisfying when we see girls chosen in the School Sports State Squad, who in previous years may not have had that opportunity, they probably wouldn’t have even been playing cricket, if it wasn’t for our MGPSGCL.”
Jules said she spends up to 11 months of the year coordinating the girls competitions in the Midland-Guilford region.
“If I have managed to convince one girl to try cricket, when normally she wouldn’t have even considered it, then I feel like I have done my job,” she said.
“I spend my entire weekend from Friday afternoons to Sunday overseeing the various competitions in the region and I do it so the girls have a platform to showcase their talents and to see the smiles on their faces.”
Wednesday 5 December is International Volunteers Day which is an international observance started by the United Nations and it offers a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities.
Nominations for the WA Cricket Volunteer of the Year Awards are now open and provide the perfect opportunity for cricket clubs to show their appreciation for the countless hours volunteers commit to the sport each year.
If you know anyone at your local cricket club, who like Jules, deserves recognition for their work in the community please click on the link below.
Nominations close on 31 December 2018.
Young Volunteer of the Year – Male
Young Volunteer of the Year – Female
Toyota Country Volunteer of the Year – Male
Toyota Country Volunteer of the Year – Female
Volunteer of the Year – Male
Volunteer of the Year - Female