11 May 2017 Srikar Danthurty   | News | Sports  
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For 4 weeks, a group of 12, cricket loving boys from years 9-12, participated in the Sydney Thunder Leadership program. With some video help from the programs ambassadors, Gurinder Sandhu, Usman Khawaja and Fawad Ahmed, we learned what it means to be a leader and how to set goals. Hameed Kerkhah ran the Sydney Thunder program for us and he told us about his story in becoming the rookie player for Sydney Thunder. It was an inspirational story as he did not think he would be playing cricket alongside Mike Hussy, Jacques Kallis and Shane Watson. Along with the theory, we played some enjoyable cricket drills and games, to improve our batting and bowling skills.

On the first week of the program we were issued with a workbook to complete. Along with working through the book, we were taught how to deal with ups and downs in life with some personal insights from Usman Khawaja and Fawad Ahmed’s international cricket hardships.

We also learnt how to be active citizens in our community, and ways we can apply it to our local community. We also learned about ways to prevent bullying and what we can do to help. This program also taught us how to be leaders in sport teams and school groups and ways it can benefit us in our future.

In the practical side of this program we improved our cricket skills with some games and drills, with the help of Hameed Kerkhah and Bulrag who are apart of Sydney Thunder Community program. They guided us on how to improve our batting skills and how to bowl accurately and faster. By participating in these drills and games, we had improved our cricket skills and knowledge of the game.
It was a wonderful program to be a part of, and the group of boys thoroughly enjoyed the 4 weeks of fun and learning. Thanks to Sydney Thunder and Mr. T for making this opportunity possible for us.