Black Cap Grant Elliot is known for his strong right hand batting abilities and right arm medium bowling. However, as well as enjoying a hugely successful top level cricket career, he is equally passionate about encouraging youngsters into the game and acknowledging the importance of sporting involvement.
The Wellington Firebirds’ captain recently spent time with Kiwi teenager, Rory Woolett, who won a New Balance Cricket Facebook ‘money can’t buy’ Grant Elliot prize pack.
The competition saw Grant provide a personal training session to Rory’s St Patrick’s College (Wellington) cricket club, where students were thrilled to be in the inspiring company of Grant who offered the team advice, ran drills and signed the players’ gear.
“Being out here today with the young cricketers and being able to share stories, practise tips and laughs was a really special experience.
“Their energy and enthusiasm was inspiring and a reminder of just how important it is to support kids in sport,” says Grant.
“Cricket is a game that gives you not just sporting skills but life skills, and it was great to see these boys so getting into it.”
Fitness Journal caught up with Grant to find out more about the athlete behind the bat and pads.
Best advice ever received?
Treat people the way you want to be treated,” – my parents
Do you have a superstition/favourite piece of cricket kit?
I love having quite a few New Balance bats in my bag. I always carry about five with me, and tend to rotate them before settling into my favourite.
I used to be very superstitious but am not any more, thank goodness. It can be quite tiring trying to remember all of the superstitions.
What are your short and long-term goals?
My short-term goal is just on a daily basis, to enjoy every day I am out there playing cricket. Not too sure how much longer I will be playing, so it’s really important for me to enjoy it and play for the right reasons.
My long-term goal is to make a difference in sustainability and carbon footprints. As an ambassador for Nugreen Solutions, we work towards getting companies around New Zealand to change the way they operate and switch to renewable energy sources and energy efficient products.
What to do ’when the going gets tough’?
There is no such thing as failure, as long as you learn from it. The tougher it gets, the more opportunity there is to grow resilience and character.
What is the next thing on your ‘to do’ list?
I plan to push hard to be an integral part of the World Cup T20 Blackcaps team to India in March. Always pushing, evolving and improving lets us reach our goals and achieve our dreams.
What are your top three tips for young cricketers?
1) Enjoy the game.
2) Enjoy the success of your team mates.
3) If you are serious about making cricket a lifestyle choice, it takes a lot of sacrifice, discipline and hard work.