Hendry set to mix it with the best at nationals
BALLINA cricketer Chris Hendry will represent New South Wales at the the National All Abilities Cricket Championships in Melbourne next week.
Hendry, 36, is no stranger to representative cricket and won a bronze medal with the NSW team at the Special Olympics Invitational Twenty20 carnival in 2014.
The Northern NSW branch of the Lord's Taverners has assisted Hendry in the past and have jumped on board again.
Former chairman Stan Gilchrist has backed Hendry for a big performance next week.
"I wouldn't be surprised if he comes out and bowls really well,” Gilchrist said.
"There is a chance here to make the national team with a possible overseas tour.
"We'll see how he compares with some of the cricketers from other states but I'm sure he will do his best.
"His life revolves around sport and he is a very talented athlete.
"We (Lord's Taverners) have been able to support him in a variety of sports over the years.”
Hendry was diagnosed with an intellectual disability as a child and developed epilepsy in his teenage years.
He started his cricket at Murwillumbah and has played at Ballina Bears and Tintenbar-East Ballina in recent years.
Hendry won two silver medals during his time as a sprinter at the 2007 Special Olympics in China and an Australian title in tenpin bowling four years ago.
In 2009, he won gold, silver and bronze at the Australian National Titles in Adelaide as an individual and as part of the winning 4x100m relay team.
"He is a bit of a character and is really passionate about his sport,” Gilchrist said.
"His mum Mary-Ellen is a big supporter and his hero is Adam (Gilchrist).”