Home' LOTL : Sep 15 Contents YOU AND YOUR FIANCÉE ARE BOTH
CRICKETERS. DID YOU MEET THROUGH
Yes, we met while playing cricket against each
other in India in 2007.
SO WHO PROPOSED?
I proposed to Lynsey on our 6 year anniversary. We
had arranged to stay at the Shangri La hotel in The
Rocks to celebrate our anniversary. I had bought a
ring and was waiting for the right moment. We hap-
pened to get a great private table at the cocktail bar
overlooking the Harbour Bridge and Opera House
so I got the courage to ask her then. She said, “Are
you being serious?“ and then she said, “ Yes!“
AND WHAT WILL THE WEDDING LOOK LIKE?
Relaxed and non-traditional in many ways - e .g. we
are wearing dresses but they are not white and we
will have a donut tower not a wedding cake. It will be
at a cute old English pub down the road from where
Lynsey grew up in the borough of Bromleyh, Kent.
DOES IT SADDEN YOU THAT YOU CAN’T ACTUALLY GET
MARRIED IN YOUR HOMETOWN?
I didn’t always think getting married was important
to me personally however I have always felt very
strongly that denying my right to marry made me
feel displaced from society. Not having the option
to marry in Australia says to me that I am not quite
good enough, not quite normal. I have dedicated 12
years of my life to represent Australia in our national
sport of cricket but I am treated as a second class
citizen. It makes my skin crawl.
WHY IS GETTING MARRIED IMPORTANT TO YOU?
Getting married is an opportunity for Lynsey and I to
show our commitment to each other and for us to
get really thoughtful about our future. As a married
couple I feel we will become a family. A family of two
to start and in time I would like us to grow our fam-
ily! Lynsey has uprooted her life having moved from
England to Australia. In a way I wanted to give her a
feeling of security. In the past I was negative about
marriage. I thought, “Could putting that constraint
on a relationship change it for the worse in some
way?” What I have experienced is the complete op-
posite. Sharing this strong symbol of commitment
to each other has given our relationship the founda-
tion to grow into something even more special.
WHAT IMPACT DO YOU THINK THE LEGALISATION OF
SAME-SEX MARRIAGE WOULD HAVE IN AUSTRALIA?
Gay people would feel like equals in their own
WHAT WAS THE ATMO-
SPHERE LIKE IN BRITAIN
IN MAY WHEN IRELAND
VOTED IN FAVOUR OF
It was a really positive at-
mosphere. At the time I got lots
of questions about why Aus-
tralia is so far behind on this
issue. Many people in the UK
just assumed Australia would
have already passed same-sex
marriage into law. It was embar-
IF YOU WERE ASKED TO DESCRIBE LYNSEY IN
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO HAVE A TWIN WHO ALSO PLAYS
Kate and I are best mates who grew up having all sorts
of crazy adventures on our farm in Yenda. We did pretty
much every sport you can think of - even classical bal-
let! To travel the world playing a sport you love for your
country alongside your best mate is in my opinion the
definition of “Living the Dream”.
WHAT GOES THROUGH YOUR HEAD BEFORE A MATCH?
The way I best prepare for the game ahead is by reflect-
ing on how lucky I am to wake up the next day and play
cricket for a living.
WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO REPRESENT YOUR SPORT IN THE
MARDI GRAS PARADE THIS YEAR?
Leading the Mardi Gras parade in my Baggy Green was
an incredibly proud moment for me but it was also re-
ally nerve racking. That cap is arguably the most iconic
symbol of Australian sporting culture and tradition. Aus-
tralian sporting culture has not been inclusive of LGBTI
people and I feel that by me choosing to wear that cap
in the Mardi Gras it showed simultaneously just how far
we have come but also how much further we have to go
to make homophobia in sport a thing of the past.
SPORT IS ONE OF THE LAST
POCKETS OF SOCIETY WHERE
HOMOPHOBIA IS STILL
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