Our Life Outside Cricket podcast series in partnership with The Grade Cricketer continues with Episode #4 with Queensland Fire, Brisbane Heat and Australia A opener, Dr. Georgia Redmayne.
Georgia has long paired the career of an elite athlete with a medicine degree and discusses how she's maintained a work-life balance.
Some of the best outtakes are below or you can listen to the full episode here.
There could be a very long answer here, or a very complicated one. It's not always easy. A short answer is time management, really, and a bit of luck.
At the moment with the degree obviously completed and it being cricket off-season, I do have a little more free time than usual but certainly a couple of years ago I was working at the Tweed Hospital in Sydney but then taking time off to go and play in the Big Bash and WNCL. I was pretty lucky that the hospital were okay with that.
It was around 2017 I think and playing cricket was just more of a hobby for me, I was playing mostly club cricket in Sydney and then I had a season playing for Tasmania which made me realise how much I enjoyed the game. Since then being a professional women's cricketer has become much more of an option and I've sort of focused on that moreso, as well as making sure I did enough on the medicine side of things to finish the degree, complete an internship and become licensed.
By the time I'd finished uni and about to start work, it came to a bit of a head with where I was at with my cricket and there were a few difficult conversations had with people who said you can't work if you want to continue playing or you can't do both because then you'll do a bad job of both. I'm a stubborn person though and I knew in myself I'd been playing cricket or sport all my life with school or uni and knew what it would take to continue both.
In saying that though there's probably so many more people who have been way more supportive and really helped me through by catching up on tutorials or lectures or changing my timetable at work to allow me to go away for 10 weeks to a Big Bash bubble in Sydney, I've been pretty lucky from that perspective.