OPINION: Passion drives future

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser

There is the saying that you won’t necessarily remember what they said or what they did, but you will remember how they made you feel.

As an aspiring junior cricketer or even mature age weekend warrior, it can be hard to pinpoint the moment you knew the game was for you, but you can more than likely recall the people who helped create a positive first experience for you.

The people you meet in cricket along the way help shape your life. You can win premierships or have significant individual success on the field but there is nothing more rewarding than positively influencing someone’s life through cricket.

Twenty years ago I was a couple of good straight drives away from my nearest cricket club. A good firm handshake, a welcoming smile and a resulting sense of belonging, I was hooked.

Things have not changed. There are still cricket lovers out there leading their clubs and associations but we need a new generation to emerge in this region.

The Great Southern Cricket Future Directions Project this week gained momentum with two forums in Albany and Katanning. As predicted there were cricket stakeholders who care about where the game is going and want a future for their sons and daughters, clubs and associations.

The final recommendations from this engaging project are due to be released next month. It will show what we care about.

Like all community sport, our game is also driven by volunteers in Albany and the Great Southern who have a lifelong passion for cricket. We just need to remind ourselves why we love the game.

Tim Edmunds is a reporter at the Albany Advertiser

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