Cricketers set to hit sixes with new facility
CRICKET has always been a family affair for Proserpine State High School student Jack Dwyer who followed in his grandfather's footsteps and first picked up a ball at age six.
A decade later, Jack continues to head out onto the pitch at every opportunity, including to coach young aspiring Donald Bradmans.
Jack's dedication was recognised earlier this year when he was given the Queensland Cricket Young Community Leader of the Year Award for his position as a coach and running the Master Blaster program in Proserpine.
He said coaching six-year-olds was "a little bit difficult but not too bad" and looked forward to perfecting his own spin at his school's brand new cricket nets, which were unveiled today.
Proserpine State High School received $20,000 under the Federal Government's Local Schools Community Fund program for two new nets to replace practice nets that were no longer safe.
Dawson MP George Christensen cut the ribbon on the nets this morning before putting his own cricketing prowess to the test.
Mr Christensen said the nets would help budding cricketers both in the school and the wider Proserpine community.
"Our schools play an enormous role in their communities and that's why this government has been funding small projects that will make a big difference," he said.
"In smaller communities like Proserpine the new cricket nets not only benefit students, but also the wider community."
Principal Dom McDermid stood net-side for the inaugural bowling practice, saying he hoped the nets would help his students continue to hit sixes.
"For a regional area, seeing those students going off and playing sport at a higher level is wonderful," he said.
"Although the facility is on the school grounds it will be accessed by our school, other schools, the local junior club, the senior club, so it's a facility that can be utilised by the whole community."