The final month of year 12 can be the most challenging yet rewarding time of a student’s schooling life but for Charli Knott, it was spent in a COVID-19 bubble playing professional cricket.
The Brisbane Heat all-rounder packed her bags on October 22, travelling south to Sydney for 47 days in the Women’s Big Bash League’s makeshift village.
The competition’s eight teams, with hundreds of players and staff, moved into the hub to ensure this year’s season went ahead, as the world battled a pandemic.
Days after the 17-year-old Brisbane State High School student arrived in the bubble she started her ATAR exam block.
“I had to travel to a school in Sydney called Cedar College and basically I just went into that school and sat all my exams just at that campus in a room with an adjudicator — it was all pretty well organised,” Knott said.
“I had five [exams] in two weeks — three which were two parts — so it was pretty hectic the first two weeks, but I am definitely glad it’s over now.
“All my spare time I was in my room studying, but having the opportunity to go and train was good to get my mind off study.
“Then similarly being able to study took my mind off cricket, but it was very hectic the first two weeks trying to fit all my study in.”…