Kate Cross | Embracing Expectation & Growing Through Setbacks

The Inside Edge

14-02-2021 • 1 hr 4 mins

"I remember being at third man, I'd bowled an over and it didn't go very well. I put my sunglasses on and I had tears in my eyes. I remember thinking, I'm so out of my depth; I don't know what I'm doing here"

Welcome to this episode of the IEP with Kate Cross. Crossy has Represented England in all 3 formats of the game, as well as playing for both the Brisbane Heat and Perth Scorchers in the WBBL. I first met Crossy when she came to play in WA and she is hands down one of the best people I've ever met. She always has a smile on her face and made a huge contribution to shifting the culture of our team. At the time, I had no idea that she had been suffering from significant mental health problems to the point where she had to step away from the game in her prime and rediscover why she played and how to manage her mind in the process. She is brilliant in this podcast, opening up on how she worked with a psychologist, her family and coaches to not only get back to being healthy, but also to be able to thrive from the lessons she has learnt through her journey.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Embracing the expectation that came with being born into a sporting family and the first female to enter the Lancashire Academy
  • Getting dropped from the England Academy
  • Understanding why she played the game and the worth ethic required to reach the top
  • Experiencing a significant mental health breakdown
  • Missing out on the 2017 home world cup
  • Working with a psychologist, coaches and family to work through mental health and performance anxiety issues
  • Post-traumatic growth and FOPO
  • Crossy's definition of success & high performance