Community supports indoor memorial day

DEMON CRICKETERS: Nick Lowther, Russell Spicer, Bevon CHarlton-White, Tom Skinner and Hamish Pearce from the Dubbo Demons at the Glenn Wells Memorial Indoor Cricket Day. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DEMON CRICKETERS: Nick Lowther, Russell Spicer, Bevon CHarlton-White, Tom Skinner and Hamish Pearce from the Dubbo Demons at the Glenn Wells Memorial Indoor Cricket Day. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

The memory of Glenn Wells well and truly came to the fore last Sunday, with another successful day of indoor cricket held in his honour at Dubbo Sports World.

Football club members, cricketers and a plethora of budding juniors hit the indoor sports centre for the annual fundraising day, which this year elected to donate money raised to the Ryan Medley Appeal.

Glenn Wells was a popular and influential figure in the indoor cricket community prior to his passing in 2011.

His legacy continues on through sons Adam and Kyle playing cricket, and through Sports World where his colleague Greg King continues to run competitions.

For Adam Wells, last Sunday’s event was a good chance to not only remember his father but also encourage a new crop of indoor players.

“It was a fantastic day and one that as a family we’re proud to have every year,” he said.

“One of the great things about it was that we has so many different people there. There was some AFL players, cricketers, old players that Dad knew and some juniors that didn’t know him.

“That’s what Dad was about though, and what I loved about him. He had time for everyone, would chat with anyone about anything, and it didn’t matter if you were playing indoor cricket or volleyball he just loved seeing people active

“Everyone that turned up had a great day playing a sport that Dad loved.

“Some of those kids will hopefully take up indoor cricket and be the next generation of players that grow up playing up at Sports World.”

Another of the elements of the day is its fundraising capability.

Over the years many different charities have benefited from the Glenn Wells Memorial Day, including the local oncology unit at Dubbo Hospital.

This year it is the Ryan Medley Appeal which will benefit, with more than $2000 to jump into the coffers of the local businessman and sportsman, who is recovering from spinal injuries suffered while playing football back in June.

“So much of what happens on the day comes down to Greg King and Dan French up at Sports World,” Wells said.

“Dad worked with ‘Kingy’ and he is one of the most genuine, warm-hearted and supportive people you would ever come across.

“They put the work in and arranged the event, and for us to be able to raise that kind of money to help ‘Meds’ is great.

“I think Dad would be proud knowing that we are celebrating him, remembering him, but also helping people, because that is something he loved doing himself.”