UK Deaf Sport Ambassador

05 May
05 May

Name; Jimmy Dixon
Sport; Cricket
Jimmy grew up in Southport were he first started playing cricket as youngster. He is pprofoundly deaf since birth with Sign Support, British Sign Language user and is a keen active guy who plays and watches sports; Jimmy now lives in Formby Liverpool.

Jimmy is currently working as a sports coach for Twenty20, NDCS and Active Sefton. He has completed a Strength and Conditioning Level 1 internship under DNA Sports Performance in Manchester. Jimmy also works for the National Deaf Children Society as a Multi Sports Coach and at Greenbank Sports Academy as a Disability Sports Coach. Jimmy commented “he really enjoys working with the young people on the course as it gives him confidence in his approach to coaching”.

Jimmy has a long list of awards from his cricket career; he won the 1st team player of the year award twice for the University of Central Lancashire Cricket Club in 2009 and 2010 season. He has also played in the ECB National T20s Semi Final at the Rose Bowl of Hampshire CCC in Southampton with Bootle CC 1st team in 2010.
He then followed this up with the Sports Personality for Disability of the Year 2011 at Preston Sports Award at the Guild Hall, Preston in 2011, this was for his achievements in the Deaf Ashes Tour 2011 in Australia with England Deaf Cricket team. Jimmy stated “the tour was one of his most memorable times in cricket, and to be given the chance to go to Australia was amazing” Jimmy went to Geelong, Victoria, Australia with England Deaf Elite team for the Lords Taverners Deaf Ashes Tour, he played in a one-off test match against Australia, with further appearances in ODI Tri-series /T20s tri-series matches against Australia and South Africa, Jimmy was a member of the squad who won the T20s tri series, and was the highest wicket taker with 9 wickets, but that was not enough as they lost in the Final.

Also in 2011 Jimmy won the Sports Personality of the Year as University Athlete with a disability at University of Central Lancashire’s Student Union Sports Ball/Awards. 2011 was to be a memorable year for Jimmy and the start of a promising career as a cricketer. 2012 so more awards come his way with the Young Player of the Tournament at the ECAD Regional Indoor Cricket Tournament for his batting performances.

Jimmy’s first played for England in the Deaf Cricket World Cup in India in November 2005. Were England finished runners-up. Jimmy made three appearances for England in the group matches against Nepal, South Africa and Bangladesh and was 12th man/super sub for the semi-final v Australia and final v India. Jimmy was then selected to play for England Deaf Cricket team against Pakistan on August 2006 and made two One Day International appearances and a 20/20 appearance.

He also was selected for England Deaf National Squad in the Deaf Ashes Series against Australia on July 2008 for 2 Tests matches, A 20/20 match and 4 One Day International matches.

Following the Ashes tour in 2011, jimmy was selected for England Deaf Cricket’s Elite Squad for South Africa Tour in August/September 2013 playing 4 One Day Internationals and 2 Twenty20s matches in Johannesburg and Pretoria. England won the One Day Internationals Series and Twenty20 Series Cups winning 7 games in a row against South Africa during the tour. Jimmy was delighted with the tour and felt “it was a successful tour with 11 wickets together”.
As well as all his successes on the cricket pitch Jimmy was selected as an official London 2012 Olympics Torchbearer to carry the flame in Blackpool. This was another terrific experience for Jimmy and “was another proud moment for him and his family”.
Jimmy is a season ticket holder at Blackburn Rovers since 2006, an ECB UKCC Level 2 Regional Disability Cricket Coach and a Lead Support Coach for Young Deaf Talented Cricketers at England and Wales Cricket Board.

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