I caught with Australian cricketer Alyssa Healy after she was announced as a Movember ambassador in 2016.
Alyssa Healy can do a lot of skilful things as wicketkeeper for the Australian women’s cricket team but growing a moustache is, naturally, beyond her capabilities. To overcome this hairy hurdle during the month of Movember the 26-year-old is embarking on a Move Challenge to raise funds for men’s health.
The Move Challenge encourages men and women to get active in November as an alternative to growing a mo’.
Cricket Australia has forged a longstanding partnership with The Movember Foundation. CA has raised almost $800,000 through the Club Cricket Cares Network for critical men’s health issues including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
Alyssa is a Movember ambassador along with her husband and Australian bowler Mitch Starc, teammate Ellyse Perry, plus Kirk Pengilly, and AFL player Tom Rockliff.
I checked in with Alyssa to see how she’s moving this month, how Mitch’s mo is going and how the Southern Stars are shaping up for their upcoming series against South Africa.
What inspired you to join the Movember movement?
Personally, it’s a great chance for women to help men out in a sense of their health. They’re not necessarily the first ones to talk about it, or recognise when they’re in strife, so the more females that can get involved the better. For me it was an easy choice to jump on board to see if we could lend a hand.
What’s your Move challenge and how are you going with it so far?
Cricket Australia put out on social media, with myself and Ellyse Perry, for the general public to throw some ideas at us as to what we might do for the 30 days of November. I decided to do something that I don’t generally do every week and that’s swim.
I’d try and swim about 5km each week and for me, that’s not the easiest thing in the world! I love the water but to put me in a pool and swim laps, I find that really challenging. I’m enjoying spending some time in the water and hopefully I can contribute in a small way.
Are you and Ellyse motivating each other with your challenges?
Not as yet but no doubt later in the month there will be a few texts flying here and there to make sure we’re on track and motivating one another to complete our challenges every week. Especially once we’re on tour there’ll be face-to-face time where we’ll see how one another are going with it.
How’s Mitch’s mo progressing?
I saw him yesterday and he’s struggling as per usual with growing a moustache which makes it even more hilarious, and probably a little bit more special that he’s doing it. I think he’s attempting the Mitchell Johnson handlebars this summer which will be quite interesting considering his moustache and his beard don’t quite join, so he’ll be trying his best! It’s a good excuse for him to try and go as hairy as he can, and for me to have to put up with it so he seems to enjoy it.
What does it mean to you to be a part of the Cricket Australia family and their overall support for The Movember Foundation?
It’s a great opportunity for us girls to be involved in this campaign. Obviously it’s targeted at men but I guess we play a big part in their lives and it shows we’re on board and hopefully they might be open to talking about some of the issues they’re facing in everyday life.
It’s a fantastic foundation and suicide and prostate cancer are two of the biggest threats to men in Australia, so for us to be involved with it and talk about these issues, and hopefully eradicate them, I think it will help.
Doing it alongside Mitch and he’s obviously a very important man in my life so for me to be involved is an easy decision.
The Southern Stars were recently crowned ICC Women’s Champions, what was it like for you and the team to be involved in working towards that title?
That was pretty special as it was the first time the ICC has run the Championship. It’s been a long three and a half years playing against all the top eight teams in the world so to be crowned champions with one series to go, we’ve got South Africa here next week, is an outstanding effort. Full credit to the girls and Cricket Australia for their support and in helping us better our cricket and be able to sit on top of the world at the minute.
How’s your preparation going for the upcoming One Day series against South Africa?
We started our WNCL, our domestic season, about a month ago now and there’s been some really good performances from all the girls in the Australian squad over those three or four games.
Personally my preparation has been pretty good. I’ve been travelling here and there watching Mitch, but also getting my training done, so I’m ready to go come the first game in Canberra. I’m really looking forward to the series, I think it’ll be a really good battle against two really good teams. Fingers crossed we can continue on winning!