Cricketer Meg Thompson

Promising wicketkeeper Meg Thompson has climbed another rung on cricket’s ladder, bringing the teenager closer to realising her dream of playing for Western Fury.

The Busselton-raised talent has achieved selection to the WACA Academy, which is designed to expose emerging players to the standards and expectations of elite teams.

The 10-month program is already under way for the 2017/18 season, providing the former South West Academy of Sport athlete with opportunities to develop alongside Western Australia’s best.

“We’re training with the Western Fury,” Thompson said.

“We’re pretty much getting the same training and facilities.

“It’s the next step up.”

The past six months have been punctuated with achievements for the Curtin University laboratory medicine student and Melville Cricket Club player.

As well as being hand-picked to be part of the WACA Academy, the bright young sports woman impressed earlier this year when she transitioned in to playing open representative cricket.

The young gun made the leap in January when she captained the WA side in the women’s division of the Commonwealth Bank Australian Country Cricket Championships.

“I’m hoping to make my debut for Fury in the next couple of seasons,” she said.

Thompson was part of the South West Academy of Sport’s Individual Athlete Support Program before moving to Perth at the start of the year to embark on university studies and pursue her cricket career.