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Clinics cater for inclusion

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November 03, 2017

Middle stump: Emma Kilpatrick let fly at the wickets, hitting the bails more often than not.

Hey batter, batter: Michael Harrington went whack, swinging the bat before smacking the ball off the cone.

Cooking up a storm: Sam Cook was a big hit with the bat, smashing plenty of tennis balls around at the clinic yesterday.

Helping hand: Ryan Goldsworthy and was aided by his carer as he bowled a brilliant ball.

Cricket Australia had its first of five all abilities cricket clinics in Shepparton yesterday.

In conjunction with Shepparton United Cricket Club, the clinic aimed to promote the sport to people of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities.

A number of students turned out to the event at Princess Park, with ambassador Alana Baldi stoked to have the event in Shepparton once again.

‘‘It is the second year that I have run it with Shepparton United, so it was great to see so many people come out from Connect GV,’’ Baldi said.

‘‘They absolutely love coming out and having a hit and bowl, it is something a little bit different and they get excited and, like anyone, they get excited when they try new things.’’

The clinic will run every Wednesday this month from 10am to 11am and Baldi believed it was a great way for people of all abilities to come out and have a hit.

‘‘We are all about inclusion and I believe it is a great initiative to have something like this in Shepparton as it shows that it’s possible for cricket to be a sport for all in our region,’’ Baldi said.

‘‘It is also great for them to get out and engage with different people amongst the community and helping build their confidence.’’

Baldi hoped to use the clinics as a lead-up to the GV Harmony Cup day next month.

‘‘We are running a cricket tournament at the Victoria Park Lake next month, so it is a great way to get some of them involved in the sport leading up to the event,’’ she said. ‘‘The clinics are a great environment and if anyone is interested we’d love to get them on board and get involved.’’

For more information about the all abilities clinics, phone Alana Baldi on 0478074268.

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