The Special Olympics NSW Cricket team travelled to Adelaide to compete in the Inaugural Special Olympics Australia cricket tournament over the 9-10 February 2013.
The event included an opening ceremony on the Friday night and two games of 20/20 cricket as part of the competition. On Saturday night, the athletes did a lap of honour on the historic Adelaide Oval during the dinner break of the Ryobi Cup one-day cricket match between South Australia and Victoria.
All athletes and team supporters were accommodated together at the TAFE International Accommodation.
Special Olympics South Australia worked closely with the South Australian Cricket Association to ensure the tournament was a success and it is hoped this will become an annual competition.
The Special Olympics NSW Cricket team says it was a wonderful time for their athletes and carers. The boys performed admirably and won the bronze medal. They defeated ACT and SA, but lost narrowly to QLD and VIC and was still in the mix for gold up to the last match.
The cricket kit The Primary Club of Australia funded was well appreciated and all that used the equipment commented on the quality of this new gear. The photos below show the team in their team uniforms over the weekend.
Neville Bajzath, NSW State Development Manager, Special Olympics Australia
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Playground helps kids learn
BY SALLY LEE
21 Jun, 2011 01:12 PM
IT WAS out with the old and in with the new for Aspect Western Sydney School in Wetherill Park.
Students and staff from the school are enjoying new and improved play equipment which allows "a bit of time out" says co-ordinator Tina-Louise Angus.
Last year the school received more than $58,000 from the Primary Club of Australia, a charity that helps other registered charities purchase sporting and recreational equipment and resources for people with a disability.
"I was ready to rock'n'roll once we got the funding," Ms Angus said.
"With the donation we were able to renovate and revamp the old playground which had 1980s-style equipment."
Convenor of the charity committee of the Primary Club of Australia, Lindy Stuart, said the new playground and equipment not only gave the children a physical activity space but it was also "specifically designed and chosen to engage children with autism".
"Its aim was to provide a safe and functional outdoor learning environment to be used for sensory development and for the development of social skills, life skills and gross motor skills," she said.
"The ultimate goal of the Aspect Western Sydney School is for students to progress to the point where they can move on to an Aspect satellite class and then move to the mainstream school system.
"Social and communication skills are integral to cope in this system and an inviting and challenging playground supports their ability to develop these skills."
The school caters for pupils aged four to 16.
Monday 9th August
Knaresborough CC 3/234 (D.Thompson 1/21) drew Primary Club Aust 7/147 (M.Falk 29, J.Cameron 22, D.Thompson 21) at Knaresborough Yorkshire.
Wednesday 11th August
Walton CC 6/177 (P.Scott 2/16, D.Thompson 1/8) lost to Primary Club Aust 6/181 (D.Thompson 36, M.Falk 35, R.Thompson 35, G.Verco 20) at Walton Yorkshire.
Monday 2nd August
Primary Club Aust 5/160 (P.Lanham 51, D.Thompson 35*, R.Thompson 18, M.Falk 17) lost to Saffron Walden CC 5/164 (C.Hambleton 2/18, M.Falk 2/33) at Saffron Walden Essex.
Friday 30th July
Primary Club Aust 10/179 (R.Thompson 34, J.Dedman 29, D.Thompson 28, M.Fulcher 25) lost to Primary Club (UK) 4/182 (J.Dedman 3/30) at Beckenham Kent. PCUK retain the "Primary Ashes".
Thursday 29th July
Primary Club Aust 6/154 (M.Holmes 34, J.Dedman 26, M.Falk 23) beat Richmond CC 10/137 (A. Luff 3/32, J.Baird 2/18) at Old Deer Park Richmond.
Wednesday 28th July
Primary Club Aust 10/147 (A.Luff 40, M.Falk 30*, P.Lanham 29, J.Dedman 25) drew Wembley CC 9/134 (M.Falk 4/25) at Vale Farm Sudbury.
One of the great joys of playing cricket for the Primary Club of Australia is the opportunity to play Blind Cricket against the Blind Cricket NSW team.
For those who don't know what Blind Cricket is - this link will explain the rules: WikiPedia Blind Cricket
This game was played on the 21 March 2010.
Richie Benaud, Twelfth Man and Patron of The Primary Club of Australia, has issued an open letter to members of the Primary Club (UK) and his own Club relating to the current Ashes Test Series in the UK.
Dated 17 June 2009, Richie says to Derek Underwood, Patron, The Primary Club, Beckenham Kent:
We've come to that wonderful time in a cricket supporter's life when England plays Australia for the Ashes on your home turf. Such a magnificent occasion provides a great opportunity for our respective charities to raise funds through the misfortune of players on each side failing safely to negotiate the first ball on their innings - the dreaded 'Primary', or 'Golden Duck' as we call it in Australia.
In fact, the members of the PCA will be very happy if your club can raise plenty of money as a result of the misfortune of members of the English team throughout the Ashes Series. In fairness, at the PCA, we will be cheering whatever fundraising opportunities come our way even if it happens to involve a similar number of Australians.
I have 'convinced' members of the PCA to pay a bonus for each English Primary. Of course our members will still be up for our standard fee of $5 for each Australian Golden Duck, but a bonus fine of $10 will also be levied for each English Primary during the Series.
Here's a challenge. If you think there is a chance of any Australian Golden Ducks then you might want to open your wallets and make the required bonus payment of four pounds to your club. Beware Rule 5(c) though, hiding away in the small print. The one that would require you to pay a small fortune if by chance there is a dangerous run on English Primaries.
A Primary and Golden Duck bring misery to the victims but good times to our charities. Making a duck is bad enough and I recall at Headingley in 1961 Fred Trueman knocked me over for two ducks, but when he came into the dressing room after England had won, he consoled me with a gentle, 'never mind old son, it would have bowled even a decent batsman!'
Here's to a great Ashes Series played in the proper spirit.
With my personal best wishes.
Yours sincerely, Richie.
A copy of the original letter is available here -