Jared's cricket career takes him to Jakarta
LISMORE cricketer Jared Seiffert is set to leave for Indonesia where he will take up a position with the national cricket team.
Seiffert, 22, is the new cricket development officer in Indonesia and will be based in Jakarta, where he will also play in the local competition.
He first had the idea to apply for work overseas when Lismore hosted the ICCEast Asia Pacific trophy last year which included teams from Indonesia and other developing cricket nations.
In what will be a huge challenge, Seiffert leaves this weekend and he will tackle an intense month-long training course to learn the Indonesian language.
"I've done a bit of travelling but I've never been over there so I'll have to learn the language first and that's probably the only scary part," Seiffert said.
"I have two main goals.
"One is to establish a tournament insecondary schools, and I also want to work with the teachers and mentor them into coaches."
Seiffert finished a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science at Southern Cross Uni-versity in Lismore last month.
He plays with Marist Brothers in the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League and Lismore in representative cricket.
Seiffert has also refereed Far North Coast premier league soccer and at junior state and national level.
"I've always wanted to work in sports management and this is a great opportunity," he said.
"Indonesia is starting to develop its own players and you could see the potential when they were in Lismore.
"I'll get to play in their competition when it starts in August."
Seiffert will work on a seven-month contract and will assess his options after that.
He hopes to one day find employment in the United States or with Cricket Australia when his time in Indonesia is up.