Queensland Cricket set for Inclusion Championships
Australian Cricket’s vision to be a sport for all Australians will be reinforced next week when three Queensland Cricket (QC) teams represent their state at the National Cricket Inclusion Championships (NCIC) in Geelong.
Queensland’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Blind and Low Vision and Cricketers with an Intellectual Disability (ID) teams will travel to Geelong this weekend ahead of the championships starting on Monday. The squads were presented with their Queensland caps earlier this week by former state fast bowler and QC Deputy Chair Kirsten Pike.
The 2020 NCIC marks a significant moment for inclusive cricket in Queensland, with QC to fund the travel of all players and support staff for the first time.
Chief Executive Officer Terry Svenson said QC’s investment into inclusive cricket played a key role in achieving its purpose of uniting and inspiring Queensland communities through cricket.
“Queensland Cricket has an aspiration for cricket to be our state's favourite sport, which is something we can’t achieve unless we are providing opportunities for all Queenslanders to play and enjoy our game.
“We saw earlier this week at the presentation for the teams how much is means to them to represent Queensland and to receive their cap from a former player, and we are delighted we can provide players with experiences they will remember forever.
“With QC funding travel of all teams and players to this year’s championships, we hope it will encourage more people to play our game and help us grow inclusive cricket.
“Good luck to all players and teams. We know they will do the maroon cap proud.”
Each of Queensland’s squads for the NCIC includes a mix of Australian representatives and players donning state colours for the first time.
Australian captain Matthew McCarthy will take on the role of captain / coach for QLD’s Blind and Low Vision Team, where he will line up with fellow national representative Sean Kendrick and Cory Heberley.
Queensland ID captain Haydn Brum is another who also leads the national team and will feature alongside fellow Australian players Brendan Westlake and David Baird.
For the first time, Queensland’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing team will be made up entirely of home grown representatives and features a raft of players aged under 16 who are considered the future of the state’s inclusive program.
Players in the Blind and Low Vision and Deaf and Hard of Hearing squads will have extra incentives to perform well with Australian squads to be picked for tours later in the year.
The 2020 championships also mark an important stage in pathway identification for inclusive cricket in Queensland. Last year QC conducted state-wide identification camps for all-abilities and indigenous cricketers. Two players identified at the camps will feature at next week's championships.
Results and scores from the NCIC can be followed here.
Please contact Pete Lock or Luke Williams at Cricket Australia ([email protected]) for any vision or imagery requests throughout the competition.
National Inclusion Cricket Championships:
Geelong - January 13-17
QLD Blind & Visually Impaired Squad
- Matthew McCarthy (c)
- Cory Heberley
- Ray Moxly
- Nathan Quigg
- Jack McAlister
- Sean Kendrick
- Jamie Hain
- Mark Muscat
- Jeff Usher
- Ben MacFie
- Timothy Connell
QLD Deaf and Hard of Hearing Squad
- Nick Budden (vc)
- Keziah Van Rijn
- Nick Mahoney
- Caleb Thorn
- Bobbie Mowat
- Greg Curtis
- Liam Prineas
- Sean Walsh
- Michael Lockrey
- Simon Crust
- Parth Arora
- Mitchell Bailey
- Justin Bergin (c)
QLD Intellectually Disabled Squad
- Haydn Brumm (c)
- Brendan Westlake
- David Baird
- Nicholas McConnell
- James Rossiter
- Drew Robinson
- Aaron Wood
- Shaun McKee
- Alex Baker
- Jack Norris
- Jason Cooper
- William Evans