Good in­nings re­warded

Hills Gazette - - SPORT -

JUSTIN Shaw has been in love with cricket since he first strapped on the pads when he was 10 years old.

After 25 years as a player with the Fern­dale/Lyn­wood Cricket Club, Shaw de­cided to pack away the whites in 2016.

But that was not the end of his in­volve­ment in the sport he loves.

The Har­ris­dale res­i­dent vol­un­teers with In­door Sports WA, coach­ing and men­tor­ing a group of young adults with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties who share his love for cricket.

He goes a step fur­ther than shar­ing his knowl­edge and skills and can be found hav­ing friendly chats to them on the phone, ac­com­pa­ny­ing them to events and go­ing to birthdays and other so­cial oc­ca­sions with them.

He said it was re­ward­ing to meet and form friend­ships with the play­ers and their fam­i­lies.

“These guys are fan­tas­tic,” he said.

“To see how much en­joy­ment they get out of play­ing for the state is in­de­scrib­able, which is why I en­joy this priv­i­lege of coach­ing them.”

Shaw’s ded­i­ca­tion and ser­vice to the sport was re­warded re­cently when he was named the WACA’s Male Vol­un­teer of the Year.


Justin Shaw.

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