We had the opportunity to catch up with the inaugural female recipient of the Crowe Family Scholarship - Tariel Lamb. Tariel, is currently immersed in her first semester at the University of Auckland and benefiting from the Cornwall Cricket Development Foundation led Scholarship programme.
Q: How are you settling into Uni life? What are the major differences between high school and Uni?
A: I've settled into uni life pretty well, it's a lot more flexible in terms of time but it really requires personal responsibility to do the work outside of lectures. Grades have been good and I am happy with the progress I have been making. Exams are over the next couple weeks and usually around this time at school you're doing practice exams, but these are the end-of-year exams, the finals you could say; so it has been strange that half a year worth of work is already coming to an end.
Q: How have the UoA assisted you thus far? Do you receive any extra benefits being a Crowe Family Scholar aside from the $5k per annum?
A: In the short amount of time I have been at the university I have had the opportunity to take part in leadership workshops, uni gym membership and with that, I have created some relationships with those who are involved with the High-Performance Programme at the University and other people who have extremely good advice with respect to life-balance and developing leadership qualities which have been very beneficial.
Q: How did your 2016.17 season go? Did you manage to make any ACA Rep Sides?
A: I was relatively happy with my 2016/17 season scored a few runs here and there as well as success with the keeping gloves.
I was fortunate enough to be selected in both the U21 and U18 Auckland sides, as always they are valuable experiences and I personally think playing in national tournaments is key to developing as a cricketer. Within the U21 environment, it has a tone of professionalism and to take the victory with a great bunch of girls was really awesome.
Q: What are you planning for the off-season?
A: I went straight into hockey as soon as the cricket season ended, so my focus around the off-season is hockey, I have a couple of tournaments in July so hopefully they will be successful. My plan is to start easing into cricket at the beginning of August where the Developing Future Hearts Programme begins again and work towards the beginning of the season in October.
Q: What are your goals for next season?
A: My goals for next season are to be selected for the U21 Auckland side, I'm hoping to continue building on the platform I left last season, drawing on success and finding more consistency with the bat.
The Cornwall Cricket Development Foundation completely fund the Scholarship and rely heavily on donations. If you are interested in making a donation please visit - http://www.cornwallcricket.co.nz/content.aspx?file=2364|24131p or contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured – Kim Lamb receiving the Scholarship from CCDF Chairman Michael Morrison.