A visit to his speech therapist has led to Tristan Clark being chosen for Queensland’s indoor cricket intellectual disability team.
The 49-year-old from Manly has been accessing National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports for almost two years; and when Tristan told his speech therapist about his dream of joining a cricket team, he was put on the right track to achieve his goal.
Tristan’s mum, Gail, said he used to play in the same cricket team as his siblings when they lived in Perth; however, found it difficult to find an indoor cricket opportunity once they moved to Queensland.
“Tristan told his speech therapist and he was able to follow it up. I took Tristan to two indoor games to watch (and) from there the manager asked if Tristan was interested in joining the Lord Taverners cricket team. Tristan then had a test trial that went well,” Gail said.
Gail said while Tristan’s passion has always been to join a cricket team, he never expected to be picked for the Queensland representative team.
“Tristan’s psychologist and speech therapist have been fantastic working with Tristan and helping him get started with cricket. Since Tristan has been attending regular speech therapy and psychology, the help they have been able to continue with has been fantastic. They have gone above and beyond to assist him.”
Tristan, who has hypoxic brain damage since birth, is also accessing NDIS supports to help him attend cricket training.
“Tristan is being supported to help him get out and about. Even his siblings are so happy for him and help to make sure he can get to his practise games if his support worker or myself are unable. We are so happy to see him express his feelings and enjoyment. Photos are always taken and he shares these with his therapists.”
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 cricket tournament scheduled for mid-year in Melbourne has been postponed until September 2021.
However, Tristan has not let this setback get him down.
“Tristan understands and has accepted the change. We have organised to still get his uniforms and we bought him a special bat and gloves for his birthday.”
Tristan received assistance to apply for and implement his NDIS funding from Carers Queensland’s NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Brisbane region.
“If it was not for all the help we get from NDIS, Tristan would not have had the chance to be picked for the Lord Taverners cricket team.
“Carers Queensland have been so helpful in their support, giving Tristan the opportunity to get himself back into sports and being able to get support for all his help.
“We are all truly grateful. It’s been a very long time since we have seen Tristan this happy and excited.”
Carers Queensland can support you to find out more about the NDIS, to apply for funding and to help you get started with the NDIS.
If you have a disability but are not eligible for the NDIS, Carers Queensland can also help you identify and link to options for support in your community.
To find out more about how the NDIS and Local Area Coordination program can work for you, contact Carers Queensland on 1300 999 636, or firstname.lastname@example.org