2016 Dream Cricket event A cricket dream come true

29-Nov-2016

Southern Highlands News - Tuesday November 15, 2016

It was day of excitement and celebrity appearances at Bradman Oval on October 28 for more than 300 budding young cricketers.        

In fact students from 185 primary and 120 high schools headed to the oval for the seventh annual DreamCricket Gala Day for students with physical and intellectual disabilities.

The event was run by Rotary in conjunction with the Bradman Foundation and Cricket NSW, and allowed the young participants to practice their cricket skills. 

The students were introduced to the game of cricket through a series of timed activities around the oval, intended to improve motor skills such as throwing, catching, running and hitting a cricket ball.

The youngsters were joined by Clown Doctors, Dr Quack and Dr Snoozy, as they put their cricketing talents to the test.

Another highlight of the day was a visit from former Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh.

The Bowral visit had a dual purpose for Waugh who is taking part in a 701 km bike ride from Bowral to Mount Kosciusko from October 29.

He will join several other sporting champions on the Captain’s Ride including fellow cricketer Matt Hayden, AFL’s Matt Gooes and Australian Olympic cyclist Anna Meares, with the ride is expected to wrap up on November 3.

The charity pedal is an initiative of the Steve Waugh Foundation which aims to raise money and awareness for children living with rare diseases.

Waugh said the ride was about "doing it tough" as kids with rare disease were already doing it tough.

A riderless kid’s bicycle fitted with an electronic motor and steering system will follow Waugh on his pedaling path.

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