Australia’s all-time leading run-scorer Ricky Ponting has gone into bat for his home town’s sport.
The former Test captain will be the special guest at The Examiner’s IGA Junior Sports Awards presentation night, sharing his recollections of beginning his sporting journey in Launceston.
"I'm really looking forward to The Examiner's Junior Sports Awards function,” Ponting said.
"I have great memories of playing junior cricket and footy in Launceston and it’s pleasing to see local sport continue to play a prominent part in Tasmanian life.”
In a further boost to the presentation night at Country Club Tasmania on Wednesday, November 1, the Mowbray batsman has agreed to put his name to an award to recognise the value of volunteers to junior sport.
The Ricky Ponting Award will honour individuals who routinely give up their own time in order for youngsters to enjoy playing sport.
"It's an honour to have a service to sport award named after me, because it is the volunteers who work hard to enable young people to enjoy their sport," he said.
The presentation night is fast approaching and Ponting is keen to see an increase in nominations.
The awards have a distinguished list of previous guest speakers who have described their path from Tasmania to elite sporting success.
Ponting’s former Tassie Tigers and Australian teammate Tim Paine, Tour de France contender Richie Porte, triathlon world champion Jake Birtwhistle, AFL player Nathan Grima, Olympians Tristan Thomas and Georgia Baker and world champion rowers Scott Brennan, Anthony Edwards and Ali Foot have all shared their stories.
Relaunching the awards this week, The Examiner has made it as easy as possible to nominate candidates for the six categories.
Go to www.examiner.com.au/news/ and follow the link at the top of the home page.
In addition to the Ricky Ponting Service to Sport Award, there are categories for male and female individual sportsperson, male and female rising star and junior sports team.