By PHILIP CHANDLER
Queenstown cricket coach and administrator Emma Campbell received a rare honour last
She was presented with a black cap for having represented New Zealand by NZ Cricket
president and cricketing great Debbie Hockley during the White Ferns’ one-dayer against
England in Christchurch.
Having only played twice for NZ, 11 years ago, Campbell initially felt she didn’t deserve
the honour, ‘‘but then I thought I guess I deserve it in other ways a little bit’’.
Coaching has been more her passion than playing, she says.
She even coached junior teams when still at high school.
Campbell’s since coached in Christchurch, South Canterbury and Invercargill, and during five back-to-back summers also coached and played in Holland, China and England.
Since moving to Queenstown about seven years ago she’s had coaching and managing roles for the Queenstown Cricket Club through her company, Coaching Solutions.
A highlight came in 2018 when the club was named NZ Cricket’s ‘club of the year’.
‘‘Since then I think we’ve still been growing, I think we’re starting to see that quality come
through our grades now.’’
This season she’s also been helped by Gihan Fernando who’s assisted with elite players.
A legspinner, Campbell play ed for the men’s senior reserve side last season, and took some wickets — ‘‘I was pretty lucky’’.
‘‘God I was sore after that season.
“You watch the girls now and they turn it a mile.
‘‘I don’t think I was much of a turner, but I guess if you bowl in the right areas you have success.’’
In the off-season Campbell’s manager for the Arrowtown and Wakatipu junior rugby clubs.