Women's cricket has recently received a boost in profile and investment - with Twenty20 competitions spawning from the Men's equivalent in Australia and England - as well as enhanced support for international players in most leading countries.
While this has increased opportunities, most players are still juggling employment alongside their cricket. Erin Bermingham is lucky to have shaped her career, on and off the park, with her two of her passions.
Memberzone caught up with Erin at a recent White Ferns training camp in Christchurch.
MZ: What was it that made you decide to be a police officer?
I have always wanted to be a police officer since I was a kid. But I decided to do something about it after the Christchurch earthquake, I was on tour with the White Ferns where we were staying in the centre of the city at the Novotel Hotel. As we were being evacuated there were Police Officers running into the heart of it to try and help. After witnessing that I knew what I wanted to do with my career and I set about applying to the Police force.
MZ: What is the process to becoming a police officer?
There are quite a few steps to go through and tests to pass. It generally takes between 3-12 months depending on what medical clearances you need. You have to be motivated to keep pushing through each step as it doesn't happen overnight but it is definitely worth it.
MZ: What does a typical day at work look like?
There are no typical days, no two days are the same, which I love. We react and respond to what happens in the community, anything can happen!
MZ: What has been your biggest challenge since being in the police force?
The shift work is challenging, having a life balance Is something I am always working on. Being a Police Officer is a lifestyle rather than a job.
MZ: How do you manage to fit your cricket commitments around your career?
Firstly, it is exciting to see how the women's game is progressing and becoming more and more professional around the world. I am lucky enough to be living both my dreams at once. It does make for some long days with fitness training, skill training then a 10 hour shift but the White Ferns support staff have been very supportive in allowing me to do both. Without the support or them, my colleagues at NZ Police and my family I would not be able to it.