Lismore to invite Gilly to return home
By Alex Easton
LISMORE City Council will invite retiring cricket star and former Lismore boy Adam Gilchrist to its Australia Day celebrations next year.
The council this week unanimously backed a suggestion from mayor Merv King that he write Mr Gilchrist on behalf of the council to congratulate him on his achievements. The Australia Day invitation will form part of the letter.
Mr Gilchrist is a former student of Kadina High School and his parents still live at Goonellabah.
In a statement proposing the letter, Cr King wrote: “He has changed the role of wicketkeeper forever and done so in a manner which has brought delight to all those who watch the game. His integrity is shown in how he played the game and in the respect he has for its traditions.
“Away from the game these qualities are also in evidence. He generously uses his position to help others in a quiet and modest manner so typical of the man and he has not lost sight of his roots, sponsoring an annual award at Kadina High School.”
Mr Gilchrist will retire from cricket at the end of the one-day series with India in Sri Lanka.