ACS Journalism Scholarship

Testimonial from our inaugural scholar, Donal Wilson.

To be the inaugural recipient of the Australian Cricket Society (ACS) Journalism Scholarship was a very proud honour.

I have enjoyed it immensely and taken a lot out of it. To learn about writing from Ken Piesse who has written many sports books a lot of which I personally own has been a big step forward in my journalism career. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the ACS dinners and luncheons getting the opportunity to meet former international cricketers. The fellow ACS members to discuss the sport we love. The dinners I have been fortunate enough to attend included Jack Potter, Peter Bedford, Chris Rogers, Lord Ian Botham and the celebration of the life of Betty Wilson.

The dinners have been a wonderful experience and something I’ll always remember. However, it’s been interviewing the players and writing their stories that I’ve enjoyed the most. Being able to interview Ian Gibson, Paul Morrey and Eane Whitton in person was a great thrill. I was able to complete various interviews over the phone. One in particular I really enjoyed was Ella Hayward who was awarded the ACS Steve Mason young female cricketer of the year award. To hear about her journey, she’s playing for Melbourne Renegades in the WBBL was something I really appreciated.

The zoom sessions that Ken Piesse hosted was another highlight in this past year. Hannah Darlington and Sophie Molineux both Australian women cricketers, spoke very well. Greg Chappell spoke about his playing and coaching career in a zoom session that was very fascinating to be part of.

Overall, I’m very grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to be part of the ACS community and meet so many nice people. This past year has been all I thought it would be and much more. 

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Donal Wilson, our inaugural Journalism Scholar with Ken Piesse, ACS President, Author and noted Journalist