Healey relishing Jackaroos honour

by Val Febbo

Expectations for 2021 were sky high for BCiB Australian Jackaroo Carl Healey, who finally cemented his place in the National Squad in January, following a string of consistently strong performances.

However, due to the ever changing COVID-19 landscape across the country, the 34-year-old has not yet been able to enjoy the company of the entire team all at once, nor make his debut for Australia.

The positive outlook remains for Healey, who cherishes the honour of being a member of the top echelon of bowlers in the country and is eternally grateful for the support he has received.

“To be part of any national squad is an amazing thing,” Healey told Without Bias.

“Unfortunately I’m still yet to debut but the rewards will come after that in the way of medals, but you have to put in a lot of hard work.

“To reach one of your main goals in life, for me, is pretty rewarding, and the support from my club at Cabramatta, family and friends has been amazing and I can’t thank them enough.

“That’s the real reward, family friends and my club’s support.”

Despite the cancellation of the Jackaroos’ reactivation camp earlier this month, Healey has still been in regular contact with National Coach and fellow Cabramatta Club member Gary Willis, whom he holds in the highest regard.

“Gaz is awesome, he’s always in constant contact with me, not only on green things but all aspects of life and he’s one of the greatest coaches of all time, in any sport,” he said.

“He’s got a lot of time for the players, their personal lives, how they’re going and he focusses on how you’re going and how life is going.

“We’ve been focussing on the fitness and mental aspect, and last time we spoke throughout lockdown it was about getting out and being as fit as you can be and to work on things at home as much as you can.”

Hear the full Without Bias chat with Carl Healey and Wayne Turley OAM below.