The Development Academy was established in 2017, aiming to broaden the number of players within the Inclusion Team network, while also nurturing the cricketing abilities of these players.

As the first of its kind in Australian Cricket, the Development Academy has seen great success in its first 12 months, with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Team and the Intellectual Disability Team both going on to win their divisions in the National Cricket Inclusion Championships.

This past season was also the first time that SA had sent a represented Aboriginal women’s team to participate in the National Indigenous Cricket Championships.

Nearly 100 guests including players, coaches, team managers, SACA staff and various stakeholders were treated to a three-course dinner at Adelaide Oval in the Ian McLachlan room as part of the celebration.

Adelaide Strikers General Manager Bronwyn Klei provided a keynote speech about the success of the Strikers’ BBL|07 season and former Australian cricketers Shelley Nitschke and Dan Cullen were on hand to help present the awards.

SACA would like to congratulate all award recipients, participants, coaches, team managers and staff who made the inaugural season of the Development Academy a success.

2017-18 award recipients:

Michael Zannis (blind cricketer) – 100 State games

Anita Silva – 2017-18 season Player of the Championship – Desert Peas (Aboriginal women)

Jack Coppins – 2017-18 season Player of the Championship – Boomerangs (Aboriginal men)

Chris McQueen – 2017-18 season Player of the Championship – Intellectual Disability Team

Luke Trudgett – Adam Wood Award for 2017-18 season Player of the Championship – Deaf and Hard of Hearing Team

Stephen Palmer – Eugene Negruk Award for 2017-18 season Player of the Championship – Blind and Vision Impaired Team