St Edwards Primary School have been busy over the past week with a special cricket demonstration visiting the school on Thursday as well as a Rugby demonstration as part of a government initiative sporting program. Local cricket development officer Matt Tabernor, along with special guest cricketer Jake Fawcett, put on a cricket skill demonstration for the students to not only help develop
their sporting ability but to help them with other aspects of life too.
“Cricket is a great sport for building discipline and has great team spirit. We are all about fostering team sport, team spirit and school spirit,” said Ken McNamara. Special guest Jake Fawcett is formerly from Perth but is now playing for Blacktown in Sydney. As well as teaching them tips and tricks of the sport Jake emphasized the importance of school. “As much as you want to be a professional athlete you also need academics, learn as much as possible while at school as it will carry on for the rest of your life.”
After running through some batting and catching skills students were then able to ask questions. Jake said he enjoyed being out in the county and told the students, “if you want something it doesn’t matter if you are out here in the country, train hard and you will get there whether its in sport or academics”. Students were encouraged to try all aspects of the sport.
“You have got to give everything a go as you never know where you might end up or get picked for,” Matt Tabernor said. After a busy session of cricket skills for years 3 and 4 Rugby was next for years 5 and 6. Jarrod Simpson Development Officer for Central West Rugby then put on a demonstration to show students important skills to know when playing.