Cricket embarks on deeper engagement of Indigenous Australians

Federal Minister for Sport Senator Don Farrell today announced $100,000 funding to Cricket Australia to support two newly created Indigenous Cricket Officer positions.

Cricket Australia’s Paul Stewart, and Cricket New South Wales’ Josh Lalor, have been appointed to these crucial positions to help grow Indigenous participation in cricket.

“Australia has a great history of Indigenous involvement in cricket. I’m proud that this Government is supporting Indigenous participation in cricket and potential stars of the future by helping enable these two new positions to be created,” Senator Farrell said.

The funding, courtesy of the Australian Government’s Indigenous Sport and Active Recreation Program (ISARP), was announced today by Senator Farrell with Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager of Game and Market Development, Andrew Ingleton.

“Cricket Australia congratulates Minister Farrell and the Federal Government for this investment in Indigenous cricket, which has helped Cricket Australia appoint Paul Stewart as National Indigenous Cricket Officer, and Cricket New South Wales appoint Josh Lalor as Indigenous Cricket Growth Officer,” Ingleton said.

“Cricket Australia is investing heavily in developing participation and talent development programmes specifically tailored to Indigenous Australians, so to be here in Redfern today watching Josh and Paul interact with students from Jarjum College in a friendly cricket match is wonderful,” added Ingleton.

Cricket NSW Chief Executive Officer Andrew Jones also expressed his support, “I am delighted that the Federal Government has delivered this investment to Australian cricket“, Jones said.

“In particular, I am delighted that we have been able to appoint Josh Lalor to this position as a result. Josh is not just an elite cricketer, he is an exceptional young man and role model to young Indigenous cricketers, and I am confident he will do very well in this role,” Jones added.

These appointments are part of a raft of measures that reflect a significant overall investment in Australian Cricket in the creation of more participation pathway opportunities and heroes for Indigenous Australians, especially in rural and remote communities.

“Our objective is to be Australia’s favourite sport and to do that we need to be a sport for all Australians, so this funding further enables us to do more to grow Indigenous participation in cricket and identify and develop the next wave of Indigenous cricket heroes,” Ingleton said.

“Both Paul and Josh are fine young men who will be great role models to young Indigenous cricketers, and I am confident that their appointments will see our Indigenous participation numbers continue to grow,” Ingleton concluded.

Paul Stewart is from Central Victoria, and has previously worked at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service and in the Koori Health Unit at The University of Melbourne. Paul has been Chair of the Victorian Indigenous Advisory Committee at Cricket Victoria for the past eight years.

Josh Lalor is from Sydney’s western suburbs, and made his debut for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield in November 2011, having previously represented New South Wales at U17, U19 and U23 level. In five first-class matches Josh has taken 18 wickets at an average of 27.

The ISARP program is administered by the Office for Sport as part of the Australian Government’s approach to assisting Indigenous Australians, supporting community participation in sport and active recreation activities to help improve the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.

James Buttler

James has been working as a journalist and broadcaster in cricket since 2006 and was an avid fan for many years before that.
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