On May 20, Australian Blind Cricket Team players Ray Moxly and Daniel Pritchard conducted a clinic in Hobart to introduce cricket to blind and vision impaired young people.
Tasmania’s Department of Education’s Vision Services Team was the driving force in organising the clinic, with support from Blind Cricket Australia, and Cricket Tasmania, who made their indoor cricket nets at Blundstone Arena available.
Until this clinic was organised by the Department of Education's Vision Services team there had been no opportunities for vision-impaired young Tasmanians to play cricket. A trial run by Blind Cricket Australia was conducted in Hobart in November 2015, on a bleak cold Saturday morning in a local park, but enjoyed enough by the small group to encourage Marg Griffin from the Department of Education to embark on an ambitious project early in 2016: to.create our own competition for the visually impaired.
About 30 parents attended an information evening the day before the clinic to encourage them and their kids to come and try cricket. Blind Cricket Australia Chairman and Australian blind cricketer Ray Moxly and team mate Daniel Pritchard proved to be exciting role models for the children and instilled confidence in the parents to bring their kids to the clinic.
For Lord's Taverners, being involved in the early stages of this programme provides another opportunity for us to support the young and disadvantaged in our state.We look forward to helping young blind and visually impaired Tasmanians enjoy cricket. The next step on this journey is another clinic in October this year, with support again from the staff and facilities of Cricket Tasmania.
Cricket. A sport for everyone. Including Lord's Taverners Branch chairmen (far right).
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