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Maddy Darke announced as Vaucluse Local Woman of the Year

15 March 2020

Vaucluse MP Gabrielle Upton with Sixer Maddy Darke.

Sixers debutant this season Maddy Darke has been recognised as the 2020 Vaucluse Electorate Local Woman of the Year.

Vaucluse MP Gabrielle Upton made the announcement and presented Darke with her award at the Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club’s 125th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday.

The NSW Government’s Women of the Year Awards recognise women throughout the state who excel in their chosen career, field or passion, and outstanding women who have contributed to their local community and whose accomplishments make them positive role models for other women and girls.

Darke made her Sixers debut during the first match of WBBL|05 against the Sydney Thunder at North Sydney Oval in October.

On receiving the honour, Darke said she was proud to be part of Easts Cricket Club and to receive the accolade.

“It’s so great to see what the Club is doing for girls’ cricket and I’m excited to be a part of that and see where it will go,” Darke said.

Sydney Sixers General Manager Jodie Hawkins congratulated Maddy for such a wonderful recognition.

“The Sixers congratulate Maddy Darke on her Woman of the Year award for the Vaucluse Electorate,” said Hawkins.

“Maddy is a wonderful ambassador for women’s cricket, especially in her role with Easts Cricket Club.

“She is an emerging star for the Sixers and we know she will continue to inspire the next generation of female cricketers and sports people as she grows within our game.”

Ms Upton echoed that sentiment.

“I’m so proud to present Maddy with this special award that recognises her local work as an ambassador for girls’ cricket,” said Ms Upton.

"She is a strong role model for young female cricketers and often coaches girls’ teams.

“She also played in the Sydney Sixers team for the first time last summer and is a valued member of the NSW Breakers. She is a rising star we should all watch and be proud of.”