New hands on deck to support region’s players

Former Otago Sparks player Megan Gibbs and Scott Wilson have been added to the Otago support staff.

Gibbs joins the team as a strength and conditioning trainer and Wilson takes over from Brett Harrop as the team physiotherapist.

Gibbs played 40 list A and 26 twenty20 games for Otago from 2014 to 2019.

She also managed the Sparks in 2019-20.

Her love of the game was a catalyst in looking for a permanent role within Otago Cricket.

‘‘I grew up with my two brothers spending long days in the backyard playing cricket and the journey has never ended 30 years in,’’ she said in a press release.

‘‘I’ve had some amazing opportunities playing cricket and now I find myself on the other side as a fully immersed support staff member which is pretty cool.’’

Wilson is also passionate about the sport and Otago cricket and is thrilled to be in a position where he can contribute.

‘‘Cricket has touched my life in a number of ways,’’ he said.

‘‘From playing at first XI [level] in school, to participating later in life as a struggling middle order second grade batsman.

‘‘I have worked in a junior club and have coached my children’s teams for several years.

‘‘More recently I have got involved with cricket as a physiotherapist, firstly with club cricket at the Taieri Cricket Club, and then last year assisting Brett Harrop at the Volts,’’ Wilson said.

Wilson has begun working with players in the Dunedin area, while Gibbs will begin her role early next month.


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