The world of sports can be very powerful when it comes to touching people’s lives and uplifting someone who needs it the most. Some parts of the world who do not have the luxury of sporting glory often find themselves in hard situations.
A similar story is that of Hong Kong. Try pitting cricket and Hong Kong together and it’ll be hard to try and makes sense because we have never heard of the sport in that part if the world.
But here’s an inspiring situation, or rather a revolution of sorts by certain female enthusiasts, who have come on top of societal pressure to reach a happy place in life, using the power of cricket.
A usual morning in the life of domestic help (a common source of income for Filipinas) in Hong Kong ranges from cooking lunch, sending the kids to school and then heading to work that includes cleaning toilets and other household chores. Often suppressed by employers, living conditions put these hard workers under life’s most challenging days and nights.
That’s the case from Monday through Saturday. Come Sunday, these Filipinas are fresh about playing the game of cricket, often seeing strategizing fielding offences and batting plans on the pitch.
Octaviano and Alumbro, 35 and 30 respectively are part of the SCC Divas all women’s cricket team, a first of its kind in Hong Kong. Even though cricket isn’t unusual in the once British colonized Hong Kong, the women to coming forth and playing a game that has only recently come to the forefront is making quite the news.
The Divas, Octaviano and Alumbro, are helping in spread cricket amongst Filipino workers, which will eventually help in the uplifting of the community. The game is more than just a sport to these women, who rightly say, “People say we’re just cleaners and nannies. We are doing our best to change that. We are more than that.”
The team is owned by Indian Businessman Animesh Kulkarni, a fellow enthusiast of cricket who helped the cause under his Subcont Cricket Club (SCC) project.
Part of Hong Kong’s Development league, the Diva’s are top contenders even with half the players not having played cricket before, but the will makes up for it.
Now, aims are in place to move up to more competitive leagues and eventually also move back home to the Philippines, where proposals to organize an international cricket tournament is in talks.
In a world filled with chaos and injustice, moments like these make for the perfect inspiring story. We salute the strong women of the SCC Divas.