2021/22 Basil Sellers Scholarship recipients along with their families were given the opportunity to come together and tour Cricket NSW’s recently developed state-of-the-art cricketing facility, Cricket Central.

 

The in-person experience was months in the making, having been unable to go ahead under previous COVID health and safety precautions.

 

The scholarship supports 12 promising young cricketers with education, training, employment and social skills, so that they may develop not just as future representative athletes, but also as future leaders.

 

On the day, the group were taken through a leadership development session with Burn Bright – who specialise in leadership courses for young people - where former scholars and current Breakers and Blues players Tahlia Wilson and Baxter Holt joined in to impart words of wisdom and support.

 

Recipients were also given the chance to engage with NSW Blues captain Kurtis Patterson and leading Breaker Sammy-Jo Johnson, who shared their reflections on being a former scholar and their own leadership journeys.

 

Basil Sellers AM, who initiated the scholarship program into the Cricket NSW organisation, was in attendance for the evening function and expressed great joy in being able to meet last year’s recipients face-to-face.

 

“It was a real pleasure to talk to them [scholars] personally as the induction was done on Zoom which meant I finally met real boys and girls instead of seeing them on the screen,” said Sellers.

 

“They are an impressive group and each of them have, or shortly will be, playing representative cricket for NSW. They all have a great future in the game.”

 

The 12 scholarship recipients are:

Name

Role

Zone/Club

Callee Black

Allrounder

Western

Aidan Cahill

Allrounder

Newcastle/Northern District

Jessica Davidson*

Allrounder

Central Northern

Joel Davies

Allrounder

Manly-Warringah

Liam Doddrell

Fast bowler

Penrith

Ebony Hoskin

Fast bowler

Riverina

Lauren Kua

Allrounder

Gordon

Shivani Mehta

Allrounder

Manly-Warringah

Corey Miller

Batter

Northern District

William Salzmann

Allrounder

Campbelltown-Camden

Lachlan Shaw

Wicketkeeper/Batter

Northern District

Nicholas Toohey

Fast bowler

Central Coast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Second Basil Seller Scholarship

 

The Cricket NSW Foundation, for which the scholarship is now delivered through, would like to thank Basil for his continued generosity and support in helping the next generation of Blues and Breakers achieve their dreams.