Cocks put into bat in Adelaide

DAMIEN Cocks is set to pad up for a three-day cricket carnival on Friday.

Cocks, born with an intellectual disability, will fly to Adelaide to take part in the Special Olympics Twenty20 Invitational.

The 37-year-old played in the inaugural tournament last year and is the only player from regional Victoria represented in the team.

Cocks’ mother Sandra Walker said her son was excited about taking part.

“He has been training with the Croydon Rangers Cricket Club and he has got his uniform and met the team so he is really excited about playing,” she said.

Walker said Damien has only been playing cricket for the past two years.

However she says he has been involved with the Bendigo Special Olympics team for many years.

Walker said her son was invited to play cricket after his football teammates encouraged him to get him involved.

“He just loves sport,” she said.

“He also does ten-pin bowling and swimming. 

“He is always willing to try new things.”

Friday’s Twenty20 invitational tournament is the beginning of a big month for Cocks.

Walker said he will be playing in game with Axe Creek and the following week will be participating in a Victorian all-abilities tournament in a few weeks. 

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