Katie Perkins first broke into the WHITE FERNS in 2012 and is now a middle order nugget, with a career-best 70 against England in February 2015.
A policewoman by trade, Perkins had a magnificent 2011/12 summer for the Auckland Hearts and was a key part of their success in winning the National One-Day competition. She has helped them add a number of trophies since, including the 2013/14 Twenty20 title.
Her terrific form that season led to a call-up for international duties and she traveled with the WHITE FERNS to Australia for the Twenty20 series and Rose Bowl competition. She was immediately successful, scoring 31 on debut and going on to have a fantastic summer against the two top sides at the time, Australia and England.
1. How did you get into cricket?
It was my mum’s family that got me hooked on cricket from as soon as I was old enough to hold a bat. My granddad would practice with me wherever we went, my cousins and I would play backyard cricket as long as there was daylight, and my uncle represented Auckland in a handful of matches back in his day
2. Where were you when you got the news that you’d made the WHITE FERNS team? Hanging out at mum and dad’s
3. Favourite cricket moment / highlight? Walking out to the middle of North Sydney Oval to face my first ball in international cricket. The realisation of a lifelong dream is unforgettable
4. What’s your day job? Police officer in Counties Manukau. Currently in the Counties Manukau Central Neighbourhood Policing Team at Manurewa Police Station
5. Do you have any rituals / superstitions? I always take my gear bag home/back to the hotel the night before a match
6. What do you do in your spare time to relax? Drive up to the top of some of Auckland’s volcanoes and chill out
7. Do you have any hidden talents? Pretty handy at scrap booking
8. Who inspires you? Anyone who selflessly uses their gifts to inspire and help others
9. Person you’d most like to have a selfie with? Virat Kohli
10. What advice would you give to young budding WHITE FERNS? Have your goals and dreams, but make sure you first love yourself for who you are, not for what you do or achieve