Hicks set to take indefinite break from the game05 Jun 2019
South African born Kiwi Shawn Hicks is putting away the bat after two seasons with the Otago Volts. Hick’s has previously suffered two serious head knocks while playing rugby at Auckland Grammar and has had two subsequent concussions in his early years of professional cricket. At the age of 23, he has decided to retire from the game after weighing up the risks of playing with a head injury. Hicks said, “I have had time to weigh up the pros and cons and have decided that I really can't afford another knock to the head at my age. Over the past few years I have been dealing with the ongoing after-effects from concussions I have received throughout my sporting career, and due to this I have decided to retire from the sport and start focussing on completing my degree. It has been a very difficult decision but with the support of my wife and family I have realised that this is the best decision for my future health.”
Hicks won the Otago Cricket ‘Rising Star’ Award back in the 2017-18 Season, as the coaching staff saw so much potential. He played a total of 37 matches for Otago and scored 953 runs across all three formats.
Coach Rob Walter said “It’s obviously sad for the Volts to lose Shawn out of our group. Beyond his obvious cricket talents Hicksy was a great team man, had a superb work ethic and was a quality professional. But that said I fully respect his decision and I know it was an immensely difficult one to make. Only those who have been in his position would potentially understand the magnitude of walking away from the game you love at such a young age so I know it wasn’t made lightly. While his stint was fairly brief with us I’d like to thank and acknowledge his efforts and contribution to the team, his performances on the park, tireless work ethic and friendly smile will definitely be missed. I wish him all the very best in his next chapter, I sincerely hope that cricket sees his involvement in some shape or form in the future again.”
We wish Shawn and his wife Rosie all the best for the future and thank them for their contribution to Otago Cricket.