Cricket player Cameron Conlan has a long history with the Black Stars cricket club dating back to his first involvement as a mascot when he was eight years old.
All-rounder Conlan said that was when he first started to play cricket for the Black Stars.
"Men like Andrew Lawrenson, Michael Wilkins, Robert Heit, and Athol Nathan were players I looked up too as a kid," Conlan said.
Now he wears a different hat, that of captain.
However the person who had the most influence on Conlan as a junior player was Nap Michael, who is currently the vice president of the Mount Isa Cricket Association.
"He was my coach from 12-years-old, he encouraged me to trial for North Queensland and helped me with my progression into the senior grades. He’s a Black Stars club legend who loves the club and the game."
Through out his club cricket career Conlan has represented North Queensland and was selected to play in the Queensland Country tournament from U/12 through to U/16’s.
"Some of the best times I had growing up was playing against kids from other parts of Queensland. But the best part about it was the friendships I gained which I still have today."
Conlan has been involved with the Black Stars for nearly 15 years and enjoys playing the field position of mid-off.
His bowling average is 20.05 and with the bat Conlan ticks the score sheet over with a generous 41.6 average.
In true captain style Conlan's aspirations are all based around the Black Star's club.
"I want to assist in getting more young people to be part of our great club to make sure it survives. A lot of people have been a part of it, and volunteered a lot of time for its survival, I’m one person that’s responsible for making sure that continues," he said.
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