Gilly padding up again for Australia Day celebrations

HE'S captained his country, won the Ashes and World Cups, and, since hanging up his baggy green, Lismore's own Adam Gilchrist has been fulfilling the role of National Australia Day Council chair.

For the past five years, Mr Gilchrist has been leading a network of state, territory and local committees in presenting Australia Day celebrations and the Australian of the Year Awards programs.

"Gilly" replaced former ironwoman Lisa Curry Kenny in the role in September, 2008, eight months after his retirement from full-time cricket.

Mr Gilchrist said the day was about celebrating Australia and what it means to be Australian. "We do this in so many different ways around the nation," he said. "Barbecues, games of backyard cricket, celebrating on the beach or out on the water in a boat.

"It's a wonderful day for us to share in the spirit of ournation."

Mr Gilchrist said the National Australia Day Council aimed to inspire national pride and spirit, and to enrich the life of all Australians.

Although he will be involved in the Australia Day Awards ceremony in Canberra, Mr Gilchrist congratulated all the people around the nation who had been nominated for an award.

"Thank you to everyone who contributes to local communities," he said. "And for those people who are being acknowledged on Australia Day in your local community with an award, well done."



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