Sport was never too far away for bowling allrounder Anna Peterson when she was growing up in Auckland and Mount Maunganui. She started playing cricket aged five for the Takapuna Red Stars (in Auckland), alongside her brother, their Dad their first coach. He had played cricket all his life in Rotorua, in Wellington and then Auckland, where he played rep for Auckland B, plus indoor rep cricket for Auckland and North Island.
Peterson represented Northern Spirit before moving up to Auckland to play for University Premier Women and the Auckland Hearts for 2014/15.
1. How did you get into cricket? In the backyard with Dad and my brother Alex when we were about 3
2. Where were you when you got the news that you’d made the WHITE FERNS team? I was at work, I tried to act cool but ended up running through the office
3. Favourite cricket moment / highlight? Winning the One Day domestic trophy in Rangiora, batting with Macca on my debut against England, touring India
4. What’s your day job? Currently full time cricketer as I’m playing and coaching in Ireland during winter. When I get back home I want to get into what I studied, marketing/communications and media
5. Do you have any rituals / superstitions? Nope
6. What do you do in your spare time to relax? Paint
7. Do you have any hidden talents? I make a really good apricot upside down cake
8. Who inspires you? Awesome kiwi athletes like Valarie Adams and Lydia Ko
9. Person you’d most like to have a selfie with? Lydia Ko
10. What advice would you give to young budding WHITE FERNS? Enjoy playing with your mates