Gavin Wilson (middle) was happy to meet past Australian cricket players Darren Lehmann, Ben Johnson, Greg Blewett, Tom Moody and Ryan Campbell.
Gavin Wilson (middle) was happy to meet past Australian cricket players Darren Lehmann, Ben Johnson, Greg Blewett, Tom Moody and Ryan Campbell. Renee Pilcher

Cricket Masters lift spirits

SIX hours in a hospital bed in Gympie’s renal unit can be depressing at times, but patients like Gavin Wilson were cheered up yesterday by Australian cricket legends stopping by for a photo opportunity, signing autographs and having a chat.

Mr Wilson said he always watched cricket and was at this weekend’s Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) Masters Tour match against a powerful Gympie side at Albert Park.

Chatting with the past players, three hours into his treatment, Mr Wilson said he wore his footy socks as it got cold while having dialysis.

“You gotta keep your feet warm around this place,” he said.

Mr Wilson lies in a hospital bed three days a week for six hours and usually just watches TV.

“It’s good to have them (the cricketers) come down.

“It’s about time we had someone come down and say hello, it breaks the monotony,” he said.

Gavin Wilson was diagnosed with kidney failure eight years ago while working for a Sydney based construction company in Rockhampton and has been on dialysis ever since.

“I thought I was having a heart attack. The doctors found fluid on my lungs.

“From then on that was it,” he said.

Mr Wilson urged people to look after themselves.

“Once you get there, it’s too late to go back,” he said of his condition.

He is a huge cricket fan and during the recent meet and greet tried to convince former Australian player and Fox Sports commentator Greg Blewett to make the move to Gympie.

Mr Blewett said he had enjoyed his past few days in Gympie.

“They turned the weather on for us,” he joked.

“We’ve got none from two on this trip. Bundaberg beat us in the first leg and Gympie totally outplayed us.

“Some of the boys were stiff and sore from the previous game.”

Mr Blewett said visiting the Gympie Hospital’s acute services and renal units was just a part of the three-day trip which included coaching clinics. “We try and do our bit for the community.”

Australian test and one day all-rounder Darren Lehmann said the boys had a great time in Gympie.

“We were beaten by a better side,” he said of Sunday’s game.

“They certainly gave us a run for our money.”

Mr Lehmann said Gympie player Steve Brady was a promising young cricketer along with the All Star side’s two left hand players Josh Brady and Kaden Dickfos.

Gympie Times


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