Brooke Francis, Best on Ground
It’s been a big year for 20-year old Brooke Francis, who received her first full-time job offer at Adelaide Oval, making her their first female Grounds Keeper. She was also awarded Maxima’s Apprentice/Trainee of the Year – Open at the 2019 Group Training Graduation and Awards Ceremony.
Horticulture has been a passion of Brooke’s since studying Viticulture at Urrbrae High School, and when her Mum recommended she apply for a traineeship with Maxima’s Group Training division, the decision to go ahead was a simple one.
Brooke met with Apprenticeship and Traineeship Management Consultant, Joe Cimmino, who knew from the beginning that Brooke would be a great asset to the traineeship, especially in a summer position at the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA). “The excitement in her voice was obvious when I told Brooke about the summer position,” says Joe.
Brooke was successful in winning the role at Adelaide Oval and made a fantastic impression, which then resulted in her being asked back for another two seasons during her traineeship. Brooke was offered a permanent position which was a true ‘pinch me!’ moment, as she describes.
Damian Hough, Head Curator at Adelaide Oval and Brooke’s Manager, explains that she has become a true asset to the team. “It was a pleasure to have Brooke join the grounds department over the cricket season, where her positive outlook and ambition were just outstanding qualities and led to her gaining full-time employment at Adelaide Oval.”
Brooke remains thrilled at having secured the role and proudly calls Adelaide Oval home. “I have achieved my all-time goal of working at Adelaide Oval – all thanks to Maxima originally providing me with my six-month placement.”