We’d like to congratulate one of our job seekers, Rockhampton resident, Sean Walsh, who has been selected in the Australian Deaf Cricket team to tour India in November.
Sean is the only Queenslander in the squad which will compete in an eight-day tournament involving 200 deaf cricketers from eight countries including Afghanistan, Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and India.
For Sean the opportunity to represent his country is deeply profound.
“Not only am I representing Australia but I will be an ambassador for deaf people around the country and hopefully provide inspiration that having a disability doesn’t mean you can’t chase your dream,” he said.
Sean was born with full hearing but at age eight he needed grommets. Unfortunately, both ear drums were perforated and he needed to have hearing aids. He is currently scheduled for a cochlear implant in August next year once his touring commitments have completed.
He is relishing the opportunity to play against some of the best cricketers in the world.
“The pitches are pretty hard and fast so it will be interesting to see how I can get the most out of the conditions.”
Sean’s enthusiasm and passion for cricket is obvious. He was only a toddler when he fell in love with the game and has worked tirelessly to get himself to the point where he is now representing his country.
Sean gives his parents full credit for helping him achieve his goals and not allowing his disability to be a barrier.
“Being the parents of a cricketer is not easy – lots of travel, long hours and coping with the highs and lows of the game, but they were always there for me and encouraging me even when my hearing issues were causing problems,” he said.
As a person with a disability, Sean sought out Kym Wallace, the employment consultant for Joblife Employment, for advice and support to kick start his career.
“She has been amazing and I know she totally has my back,” he said. “She is always keeping in touch and helping me with my job search. I’m keen to get into a job where I can use my skills in fitness, media and communication.”
Not only is he a talented cricketer, Sean has degrees in communication and media and works part-time teaching junior cricketers the finer points of the game.
We are thrilled to have someone like Sean on our caseload. Not only is he a charming, intelligent young man, he is also someone who will be a massive asset to a business that appreciates his energy and enthusiasm but can offer flexibility around his cricket schedule.
One of Sean’s biggest fans is Nathan Lyon, Australia’s greatest off-spin bowler. Enjoy the video below which clearly shows the camaraderie between the two.