Tess Flintoff is a cricketer who was awarded a Tier 2 Scholarship within the 2021 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program.
Tess was born in Melbourne in 2003 and has progressed from the Milo junior cricket program all the way to the Australian team as an all-rounder.
Tess played junior cricket alongside the boys at the Knox Gardens Cricket Club before joining the Outer Eagles girls’ team. At just 12-years-of-age she played for the successful East Metro U/18 team in the final of the Victorian state championships at the MCG, and was soon playing Premier cricket at the Ringwood Cricket Club.
After representing and captaining Victoria in various age groups, Tess was selected for the Cricket Australia XI at the U/18 National Championships, and this caught the attention of senior selectors. In 2019, she played for the senior Victorian team and debuted against NSW in Adelaide.
The Women’s Big Bash League soon came calling, and Tess made 34* off 22 balls in her debut for the Melbourne Stars against the Hobart Hurricanes. In this debut season, Tess was only dismissed once and did enough to earn a spot in the Australian U/19 team to tour South Africa, still only aged 16.
Tess has already achieved so much at such a young age, but is determined to continue scoring runs and taking wickets at state, national and international level. At the same time, she is very interested in a role as a teacher and a coach in the future.
“It is a huge honour to be a part of the SAHOF Scholarship Program. I’m extremely grateful to have the support of such a wonderful organisation that helps myself and other athletes achieve their full potential in both sport and life. This Scholarship will ease the stress and pressure on my family and will help provide the extra resources I need to achieve my goals.” – Tess Flintoff on being selected as a 2021 Tier 2 Scholarship Holder.
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- 2017-2019: Victoria U15 and U18 Captain
- 2017: CA XI, U15
- 2019: WBBL – 8th
- 2019: CA Exhibition Game
- 2019: Under 18 National Champs – 3rd
- 2019: Debut for the Melbourne Stars
- 2019: Debut for Victoria
- 2019/2020: WNCL – Debut season, 4th
- 2020: Under 18 National Champs – 3rd
- 2020: Australian Under 19s Tri Series – Representative (COVID19 Cancelled)
- 2021: Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship Holder – Tier 2