ERIN Osborne is home in Tamworth for a couple of months, the talented female cricketer recovering from and still celebrating a win a Women’s World Cup.
She is also enrolled in a sports science degree at the University of New England and was supposed to be the special guest of the UNE and the Tamworth-based Northern Inland Academy of Sport at yesterday’s partnership agreement signing in Armidale between NIAS and The UNE.
However Erin, who is also a graduate of NIAS, having received a Lonestar Scholarship as a younger up-and-coming cricketer, arrived home with no voice and a bit worse for wear and had to spend the weekend recovering.
NIAS chairman Andrew Marshall, himself an accomplished first grade cricketer and umpire, hopes she recovers quickly and said each year on average “five NIAS athletes go onto study at UNE”.
“And now with UNE offering new sports and exercise science degree courses more NIAS athletes will be enticed to UNE,” Marshall said.
It was fitting Osborne has a NIAS and UNE background just unfortunate she couldn’t witness UNE/SportUNE administrators sign a renewed partnership agreement with NIAS yesterday.
“NIAS recognises the key role local institutions, such as UNE/ SportUNE play in the successful delivery of the NIAS sporting programs for young talented athletes in our region,” Marshall said.
The Agreement was signed by UNE Chancellor and NIAS patron, Richard Torbay and NIAS Executive Office Peter Annis-Brown with Sport UNE board and NIAS board members looking on.