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WINNERS ARE GRINNERS : Ryan Hoy, 32, took out the bowling award at the Special Olympics invitational games in Adelaide.
WINNERS ARE GRINNERS : Ryan Hoy, 32, took out the bowling award at the Special Olympics invitational games in Adelaide. Paxton Roth

HAVING just 6m of vision hasn't stopped Ryan Hoy from taking to the cricket pitch.

Representing Queensland at the Special Olympics T20 Invitational Tournament in Adelaide in February, Ryan and the team came home with silver medals.

The 32-year-old held his own, taking out seven wickets over three games and finishing all three innings not out.

He won the Neville Award for being the top bowler of the tournament.

"It's the first time Queensland has taken out the bowling trophy and I didn't know I broke the record at the time,” Ryan said.

"It's a team effort, that's how I look at it.”

Ryan was born blind, but with some kind of miracle and a bit of handy work from the doctors, he now has 6m of vision.

"I use a blind cricket ball, so I hear it before I see it,” he said.

It was Ryan's fourth stint in Adelaide but he's got even bigger plans.

"The only thing I haven't done is represent Australia, but I won't rule it out,” he said.

"Brad Hogg plays Twenty20 - I figure if he can do that at 46, there's still hope for me yet.

"He hasn't got a seeing impairment and if he can do it at that age, why can't I?”

The Special Olympics provides year-round sports training in multiple sports, as well as competition at local, state, national and international level.


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