CSL Why Sit it Out
CSL Why sit it out
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Paul, aged 17

Cricket

Cricket has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. I attend a cricket college where I play every day, and then I train for my club four or five times a week.

Cricket helps me get my head in a good place. I love my family, but sometimes I need to get away from other things in my life and really push myself. As long as I'm pushing myself, I'm enjoying it.

Paul's story

What I get from cricket

Cricket is really team-oriented. So if you don’t play as a team you probably won’t win. You need to know all your players and their strengths, know your own strengths, and how to work together the best.

I've got better and more confident. I feel like I’ve proved myself against the top players in my age groups and I just feel like I’m pushing myself as high as I can and as far as I can.

I just feel it's really important to do some sort of exercise. If you don't, your muscles are not likely to be strong and when you’re a bit older you might have problems with your joints.

I don't worry about getting hurt

When I've had to stop playing because of injury I've got really down, because all I want to do is play and see my friends there. But I’m never really worried about getting hurt when I'm playing - I just think more about trying to do the best I can.

I’ve had loads of people worrying about me and saying 'surely you shouldn’t play?'. It’s good that they worry because it shows they care about me, but I know myself and I know my body, what I can do and I know the limits I can go to.

My teammates and people in cricket generally are really supportive; I feel equal to all my teammates and all my opposition.

I've got better and more confident. I feel like I've proved myself against the top players in my age groups and I just feel like I'm pushing myself as high as I can and as far as I can.

My message to others with haemophilia

Haemophilia hasn't really affected my life too much. I've kind of got around it with support and my family.

I’ll never let haemophilia define me or who I am. I just feel… I can define myself and make myself a better person.

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