our ambassador

our ambassador

adam gilchrist

Hello and welcome all to my hometown of Lismore for this the 11th Lismore Workers Masters Games.

As a child growing up in the Far North Coast of NSW region, we were always spoilt for choice when it came to high quality sporting venues and I have fond memories of learning about sport, team values and the friendships made on the many sporting fields around Lismore.

It's wonderful to see so many competitors attending the Masters Games and maintaining a fit and healthy lifestyle. May the competition be hard fought, but thoroughly enjoyed and celebrated, win or loss, post match.

Of course everybody would be very aware of the devastating effect the recent floods had on the town of Lismore and surrounding areas. The people of Lismore are strong and resilient, and it goes without saying the town and its people will fight back tougher and stronger.

But make no mistake, your attendance at these Masters Games will provide a huge boost to the spirit of the city and with it an economic stimulation as victories are celebrated and losses are commiserated in the wonderful venues that Lismore has on offer.

All the very best to everybody in attendance and here’s hoping you can all leave with wonderful memories of  a fun-filled, successful 11th Lismore Workers Masters Games.

Play well and take care,
Adam Gilchrist

About Adam

Born 14 November 1971, nicknamed "Gilly" or "Churchy", is a former Australian cricketer and one of the most explosive batsmen in world cricket.

He was the captain of Australia, and Middlesex and is an attacking left-handed batsman and record-breaking wicket-keeper, who redefined the role for the Australia national cricket team through his aggressive batting.

He is widely regarded as the greatest wicket-keeper–batsman in the history of the game. He held the world record for the most dismissals by a wicket-keeper in One Day International (ODI) cricket till it was surpassed by Kumar Sangakkara in 2015 and the most by an Australian in Test cricket.

His strike rate is amongst the highest in the history of both ODI and Test cricket; his century against England at Perth in December 2006 is the third-fastest century in all Test cricket. He is the only player to have hit 100 sixes in Test cricket.

His 17 Test and 16 ODI centuries are the most by a wicket-keeper. He holds the unique record of scoring at least 50 runs in successive World Cup finals (in 1999, 2003 and 2007).

His swashbuckling 149 off 104 balls against Sri Lanka in the 2007 World Cup final is rated one of the greatest World Cup innings of all time. He is one of only three players to have won three titles.

Adam Gilchrist is also the first player to reach 1000 runs in the Indian Premier League. Gilchrist is renowned for walking when he considers himself to be out, sometimes contrary to the decision of the umpire.

He made his first-class debut in 1992, his first One-Day International appearance in 1996 in India and his Test debut in 1999. During his career, he played for Australia in 96 Test matches and over 270 One-day internationals.

He was Australia's vice-captain in both forms of the game, captaining the team when regular captains Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting were unavailable. He retired from international cricket in March 2008.

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