A little over four years ago Tayla Vlaeminck hadn't even thought of playing cricket.
On Tuesday she was named to represent Australia at next month's women's Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies.
"It's all happened pretty quickly,'' Vlaeminck said.
"It's a bit hard to believe."
The former Strathdale-Maristians bowler will also join the national squad for this month's one-day and T20 series against Pakistan in Malaysia.
Northern Rivers cricket manager Ben DeAraugo said Vlaeminck's selection for the World Cup should be an inspiration for young cricketers across the region.
"Tayla took up cricket late, but got opportunities in the pathway program and she took them with both hands,'' DeAraugo said.
"She's kept working really hard on her game and she's listened to all the advice she was given. That's a real strength of hers, she listens and is prepared to work on things.
"Tayla is a great person and a great role model for younger girls in the region."
Vlaeminck was in the Australian squad for last week's 3-0 T20 sweep of New Zealand.
A quad injury kept her on the sidelines, but it was an experience she'll never forget.
"The T20 series against New Zealand was awesome,'' Vlaeminck said.
"I'd never been involved in something so big before with all the media promotion and the amount of people at the games.
"It's going to be even bigger at the World Cup, so I'm pretty pumped."
Vlaeminck said training alongside some of the best cricketers in the world was an invaluable experience.
"To be in the nets with the likes of Elyse Perry and Megan Schutt... there were little things that I learned from them. The bowling coaches were awesome as well,'' Vlaeminck said.
"I learned a lot in those two weeks and I'm hoping to take that into the next series."
The Australian squad departs for Malaysia on Sunday and will head straight to the West Indies after the series against Pakistan.
Vlaeminck didn't expect to be spending six weeks overseas playing cricket, so she's had to make a few changes to her everyday life, including her physiotherapy degree at university.
"I didn't expect this at all, so I've had to throw a few things on the backburner,'' she said.
"We'll have some spare time in the West Indies, so I'll do some study for an exam and, hopefully, I can pass that when I get back.
"I'll get stuck back into uni for first semester next year."
Australia versus Pakistan in Malaysia:
October 18: First ODI v Pakistan. October 20: Second ODI v Pakistan. October 22: Third ODI v Pakistan. October 25: First T20I v Pakistan. October 27: Second T20I v Pakistan. October 29: Third T20I v Pakistan.
Women's T20 World Cup:
November 9: Australia v Pakistan, Guyana. November 11: Australia v Ireland, Guyana. November 13: Australia v New Zealand, Guyana. November 17: Australia v India, Guyana. November 22: Semi-finals, Antigua. November 24: Final, Antigua.