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Lisa Sthalekar - Profile
Lisa Sthalekar has a truly unique story. Today she is a leading representative and sportswoman in Australian Women's International Cricket, but her life began in India.

She was adopted by an Indian and British couple in 1979. Inheriting a competitive streak from her adopted Indian father, the two began playing backyard cricket when Lisa was just five years old. By the age of ten her father had enrolled her into the local boys junior cricket team since there was no alternative for girls at the time.

Overcoming many barriers and personal challenges, Sthalekar has twice been named 'Australian International Woman Cricketer of the Year', and was part of the winning line up in Australia's World Cup team in 2005 and 2009. She currently captains the NSW Breakers team.

Her philosophy and passion for the sport is simple and obvious.

"I think sport is a real leveller… It brings you back to earth and that's what I enjoy about it and I think that's what the Australian public love as well."

This episode of Australia & Me follows Lisa Sthalekar's inspirational journey.

Produced with the support of: Department of Foreign Affairs - Australian Government
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