February 22, 2019
Junior cricketers in Nanango now have $1000 worth of training gear to help improve their skills thanks to a lucky local resident.
Nanango children’s author and artist Karen Russell is a keen cricket fan.
She entered a competition run by the Brisbane Heat and KFC to support grassroots cricket.
Karen had to describe in 25 words or less which three Brisbane Heat players she would pick and why in her ultimate backyard cricket team.
And she won!
Karen earned herself an autographed Brisbane Heat jersey, and her nominated team, the Nanango Scorpions, won $1000 worth of gear.
Queensland Cricket Market Development Officer (Sunshine Coast) Nic Roberts presented the gear to the excited young cricketers on Thursday afternoon in Nanango.
The kit includes a scoreboard as well as modified bats and balls – all designed to teach and practise various skills – along with ground markers, special stumps and sliders.
The amazing thing is that Karen has no personal connection with the Scorpions club … she simply nominated them to support a local community group.
One good turn deserves another …
Karen will be giving a talk about how she developed her award-winning book “Deakon The Dragon Is Sad” at The Shed in Little Drayton Street, Nanango, at 1:30pm on Saturday, revealing all the ups and downs of the project and passing on useful real-life tips for aspiring authors.
Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children, and there’ll be an afternoon tea as well.
Karen’s artworks will also be on display and for sale, and signed copies of her book will be available for $15.