Boyd’s Aspire Award

Boyd and Nick (friend)

Boyd has grown up playing cricket for most of his life, like walking and talking, it’s engrained in him. From backyard cricket with his older brother at the age of 6 to playing indoor cricket as a 14-year-old, Boyd has always showed focus and determination when it came to batting and bowling. His success in cricket has led him to play both interstate and internationally. You can see some of his achievement here and watch video. As an adult, Boyd is determined to pass on his knowledge and experience down to the next generation of cricketers who have Autism.

On Friday 2nd October, Boyd was nominated and named as a finalist in the 2020 Aspire Awards, a nationally recognised award that celebrates the contribution of people with a disability in their professional and community environment. Boyd was nominated by the Autism Association for the Prestigious Sport Award for his advocacy in making cricket inclusive for people living with a disability. In celebration of Boyds nomination, his biggest supporters came together for a morning tea and following this, on the 2nd of December, he was congratulated for his place as a semi-finalist in the Aspire Awards virtual ceremony.

During the development of the Autism in Cricket Program, Boyd Duffield was at the forefront of volunteering his time to support children in the inclusion of the game he loves. Boyd has committed his time to advocating for inclusiveness of people living with disabilities in sporting clubs.

Boyd said, “I try to be a great ambassador and role model for many other young boys and girls so they can enjoy their chosen sports and do well in them, despite having a disability. I hope that we can create awareness and inclusiveness through community sports and programs such as the Autism in Cricket program so that the people at their clubs will embrace and include them, along with their families so we can all enjoy sports together.

I like to encourage and volunteer to help other people living with disabilities of any kind, to get involved in sports from a young age because I have enjoyed playing sports at my community clubs since I was 6 years old.”

He received a great start to cricket with thanks to his supportive family and coaches that paved the way to an inclusive environment for him.  Boyds mum, Lisa has been by Boyds side every step of the way to help him reach his full potential.

“Cricket gives him more than just cricket. He learns independence skills, socialising, and it makes him feel good about himself. I don’t know what we would have done without cricket and Boyd being involved, it really has changed our lives”, Lisa said.

In Boyd’s cricketing career he has achieved phenomenal milestones, placing as a semi-finalist in the national Aspire Awards is a major accomplishment. Congratulations to Boyd for his immense support and advocacy in the Autism and Cricket Program.

Check out the video below! 

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