Aaron Dragwidge - Diversity and Inclusions Specialist - Cricket Australia

"I grew up in a family who loved cricket, I must have spent well over a thousand hours playing backyard cricket predominantly with my Dad, brother and nephews as a kid. My Mum signed me up to play at the club across the road from my house when I was eight years of age, so I’ve always been very passionate about the game. I went on to play ten years of Premier Cricket at two clubs whilst working in various roles at RACV, an insurance company in Melbourne for over 10 years. I was enjoying life, but something wasn’t quite right. After a while I realized that I needed to do something more meaningful and work in a field I was more passionate about.   

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Shakti Gounden
Melissa Hale - Deaf Cricketer - Victoria/Australia

“I am a proud Deaf woman. I use a cochlear implant so I can hear to some degree and use my voice to communicate and I’m also fluent in Australian sign language. I am married to a proud Deaf man, James and combined, we have four children. James has twin 13-year-old boys, my two stepsons, and I have a 12 year-old boy and a 9 year-old girl. So, we are a very big family! I work full time as the coordinator of the Disability Advocacy Resource Unit which supports and provides training to 24 different disability advocacy organisations across Victoria. And like all of you, I am crazy about cricket.

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Shakti Gounden