Meeting someone special

I’d read her stats, seen her pics, saw her leadership, never dreamt that I would meet her…
I briefly met her first at the MCG, sneaking by security to get to the edge of the field of play, positioned myself by the players race with my SLR and my phone camera, snapped away while she was training, doing drills, then as she came close I called out her name, thankfully she responded and came closer, I introduced myself and then asked If I could take a quick snap…

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Thankfully she added me on social media and through a mutual friend we arranged to meet.
This young woman is fiercely proud of her country, proud of her widowed mums efforts to put her through boarding school, proud of her tiny families efforts to support her through her career so far, is so thankful for the opportunities that have been given her.
This young lady is so thankful to the Melbourne Renegades for giving her this dream of training with them, on the ground of all grounds, the MCG!
Thankful to the people who mysteriously organised for her to be here, they know who they are!
But she is the most proud when she pulls on the colours of Nepal,
rubina-v-india as she expresses this passion for her country you can’t help but realise that this woman is the essence of Nepal,
she is kind, educated, respectful, concerned for the future of Nepal and for her passion, womens cricket, she agonisingly explains to me the far western region and how the girls there struggle to raise the bus fare to get to any tournament organised, she recounts paying for the hire of the bus out of her own pocket to get these girls to a tournament.

The time passes quickly, discussing the difference between the regular Aussie season and the haphazard oddly organised tournaments for girls, how people like RCW founder Aarati Bidari does her best in difficult circumstance, often misunderstood in her efforts to assist women in cricket.
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She expresses her desire to have a cohesive board of cricket that treats women as equal to the male cricketers, the recent 7th Nationals exposed some great batting abilities that were sadly not on display at the recent Qualification for the World Cup, Rubina siting that the lack of games in the lead up to the World Cup qualifiers had the girls nervous and on edge which resulted in lower than usual performance. The bowling stood up well.
She is hopeful for the future and that people like Bhawana Ghimire bhawana
can pull together all the influencers and work together with the prominant players to schedule regular games and tournaments for the young women wishing to play and pursue a career in cricket.
If this courageous and endearing young woman gets her way, cricket will be the winner!

Today I met another amazing human being, I consider myself most privileged.

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Homophobia and Transphobia

I acknowledge that the Australian Parliament is basically Christian, beginning sessions with prayer and so forth. It’s an interesting concept, as I would strongly suggest that the majority of Australians do not go to church any more, so if this is a democratic society, has the country voted with it’s feet? We do not wish to be Christian anymore? While there is the hyperbole of Islamic fundamentalism causing terrorist acts, particularly overseas, I suppose that the pendulum would swing back towards an acknowledgement from the majority of people that they would prefer to be seen or known as a Christian country, which in itself is strange as by law we are not allowed to discriminate against religious freedom. What do the practising Muslims think about this?
More to my Title heading, what do we, both Christians and Muslims and the myriad of other beliefs, generally think of Homophobia and Transphobia? Do all the adults need re-education? We have the current hysteria regarding penis tucking, chest strapping, anal sex, gender identifying toilets and changerooms all being raised due to the Government requesting a Report into the Safe Schools program. Like with same sex marriage, the reality of 2 grizzled old men gaily holding hands and even open mouthed kissing in public, is quite a shock to some, particularly the older generations, how do we feel about kids at school dressing in clothing that suits the gender they identify with? and the other normal acts of life that come with that gender identification, kiss chasey in the playground takes on a new dimension… When the Sex education program was introduced into Australian schools there was a divided uproar, it seems to have been slowly accepted by the majority, but do we now, along with the Safe Schools program add components to the Sex Education program of gender diversity and sexual preferences or variety? If these components are added, will it reduce the Homo and Transphobia issues we are currently experiencing? I don’t wish to add Cory Bernadi’s name her, but he was called a Homophobe by the opposition leader last week, would education alter his thinking and also stop the name calling from the Opposition Leader? Personally, I embrace change, and as long my personal mantra of ‘do no harm’ is maintained, I’m all for adding the education to the current programs, age appropriately obviously!
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The Safe Schools hysteria

No one wants bullying to exist in our schools, and even more so, when it does rear it’s ugly head, we want it stopped dead in it’s tracks, we want the perpetrator AND the bullied to receive counselling and support. I note that there are issues from the ACL (Australian Christian Lobby) regarding some of the information being supplied by linked organisations that particularly pertain to gender issues. This is the issue that has tipped the Coalition Government over the edge, and it has initiated a Report into the program. It is reported that when the PM became aware of Penis tucking, chest strapping and other information being supplied, he stopped the discussion and asked for the Report, there were also concerns regarding the Costs of the program, fearing a rort, he included this in the terms of reference. The hysteria that this has caused in the left thinking populace is amazing, the program hasn’t been stopped, there is a Report been ordered. This reminds me of the anti-Abbott era, people are doing their cause no good by jumping at shadows, if you’re concerned about the Report, contact your Federal MP, that’s what they are for!
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