Blind cricket star making waves at a national level
Sydney solicitor Vaughan Roles has always been a cricket fanatic. But the 42-year-old hasn’t always had an easy run.
Vaughan plays in the NSW Blind Cricket Association along with his two brothers. The triplets were born three months premature and as such, all developed blindness.
Vaughan’s story is part of Cricket Australia’s Community Champions campaign, an initiative that hopes to highlight grassroots stories around Australia, where individuals are using cricket in a positive and inspiring way.
Vaughan’s story highlights Cricket Australia’s efforts to make the sport “a sport for all.”
“I have had tremendous opportunities as a blind person. I have relished playing for my country,” said Vaughan.
Vaughan recently travelled to India and represented Australia at the Blind Cricket World Cup and will soon be travelling to compete in Dubai.
In spite of his international success, Vaughan recognises the importance of grassroots cricket.
“If cricket is to maintain its dominance as a summer sport, the representative players have to play as much club cricket as possible,” he said.
Now also juggling a career and family, he still manages to dedicate around eight hours a week to his favourite sport.
Vaughan encourages those with all abilities to get involved in the sport because of the benefits it has afforded his family.
“Irrespective of whether you are a sportsman with a disability or an able-bodied sportsman, the social and health benefits that flow from sport are immense.”