Our David warms to 12th role
Not many people can say they have trained, partied and hung out with their sporting heroes ... all in one weekend.
But David Cameron from Burleigh Heads is one of the few lucky people who can put his hand up.
Last weekend, the Johnnie Walker 12th Man series announced the lucky cricket fan who won the chance to be number 12 on the special All- Star cricket team, made up of cricketing legends and the best and brightest new players.
And Mr Cameron made up to the dozen. Undergoing a gruelling selection process at the GABBA in Brisbane earlier in November, Mr Cameron competed with 19 other hopefuls from around the country.
Proving he could walk-the-walk and talk-the-talk of an international cricketer for a day.
Mr Cameron outdid his fellow finalists in the batting, bowling, fielding and personality tests, which proved both his cricketing skill and passion for the game.
He won the opportunity to train with the Johnnie Walker All Star Team, stay with them in their hotel, and perform 12th man duties during the first 20/20 match against the Australian cricket team.
What a way to kick off the cricket season.
He also got to party with the stars at an exclusive players and partners party hosted by the Australian cricketers.
Mr Cameron said it was a dream come true.
“After I was chosen on the Thursday it was just chaos from there,” he said.
“It was just unbelievable, I’m still pinching myself.
“The whole night I was just mingling with cricketing royalty.
“It was fantastic and everyone was so nice and approachable.”
Mr Cameron said training with the team was surreal.
“At one point I had Warne bowling and Gilchrist keeping which was so crazy,” he said.
Although partying and training with the players was exciting, Mr Cameron said the highlight was the after match chats in the locker room.
“Just sitting in the change rooms and reflecting on and talking about the days game with the whole team was the best.”
A long-time cricket fan, Mr Cameron said he was most excited about meeting Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist. “I have always loved cricket and it was incredible to meet my cricketing heroes.”