Development manager to help nurture young talent

Victor TantiGeraldton Guardian

Mid West cricket is being energised with the appointment of Ryan Hosking as West Australian Cricket Association’s Mid West regional development manager.

The 19-year-old, originally from Mt Gambier, South Australia, loves cricket and more importantly, coaching and nurturing talent, and promoting the game.

“I’ve played since I could walk and was lucky enough to have had some really good experiences — cricket was part of my childhood,” he said.

“I’ve had some great opportunities including playing for South Australia at under-12, 15, 17 and 19 level.

“From there, I got some recognition and was named SA country athlete of the year and even bowled at the Australian (Test) cricketers in the lead-up to the 5-0 Ashes (in 2013-14).”

“There is undoubtedly room for junior growth in local cricket with hopefully, down the track, a spin-off of more senior players and perhaps even a first-class player or two.

“My primary aim is to get the best for the region’s cricket by ensuring everyone involved is adequately supported and players get the best out of themselves.

“(Both) junior and female cricket are Cricket Australia priorities, so I will work on that with the help of clubs and schools.

“Junior formats with shortened games have been developed — they have a skills focus and the idea is everyone has a bat and bowl without neglecting talented kids.”

It is in Hosking’s nature to prepare and he’s seen vision of some of our youngsters and contacted local coaches and officials to make himself known.

“I've watched footage of players from this region and there are some very positive signs, plus really good coaches in place that I look forward to working with.”

And donning the whites himself in the coming summer?

Silly question.

Of course he will.

“I have every intention of playing,” he said.

“I’m a bowling all-rounder and will have to fit playing with other commitments, but yes, I will play.”

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