On Christmas Eve, Dr Erica Sainsbury passed away at the age of 62. She is a former New South Wales wicket-keeper. She played 10 matches for New South Wales between 1978 and 1980. She was the vice-captain in 5 of those. She however made a memorable contribution to the game outside the 22 yards.
She was a Women’s Cricket Ground Announcer since 2004 for Cricket NSW and since 2006 for Cricket Australia which is 18 and 16 years respectively. She had also written an earlier version of the Australian Women’s Team song and will always be recognized in NSW Breakers’ folklore for writing their song.
Sainsbury was a Life Member of Gordon District Cricket Club Women’s Division and in 1997 won the Service Award for the NSW Women’s Cricket Association.
Outside Cricket she was a registered Pharmacist and was well known in the Education Sector. She was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney.
She also worked in Moore Theological College who has also paid tribute to Dr Erika Sainsbury in a statement. She had served on the academic board and the scholarships committee of the college.
The principal Dr Mark Thompson also praised her and said “Her contribution in the Academic Board and as an advisor on curriculum review and other academic matters has been invaluable.… This is a very sad loss for the college as well as her church, family and friends.” The Board and Faculty members have praised her contribution to the college community.
A lot of people and the New South Wales Team have also shared their condolences on social media. Even students of the Sydney pharmacy school program who have been taught or interacted have also shared their tributes on various social media platforms.
People call her a wonderful, kind smart, and caring woman. She not only played Cricket but also changed the life of many with her career in the education sector. May her soul rest in peace.
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