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Kennedy to mentor new recruits

Kennedy to mentor new recruits

Surgery on both knees has sidelined Barossa, Light and Gawler Umpires’ Association president, Martin Kennedy for the season but he will continue to play a role in mentoring his colleagues.

The Nuriootpa based police officer had tears repaired in each of his knees last month after just completing a tennis season and embracing pre-season training.

The unexpected surgery will sideline Martin for the remainder of the season and following advice from his specialist, his running activities are now over.

“It was late in the pre season when my knee collapsed under me going to training,” said Martin.

“There was no pain… I had done all the sprints the week before. And then the other knee collapsed from under me when I was getting out of the boat, so it was both knees in 10 days.”

Umpiring for the last 30 years and being required, as part of his employment, to be fit has meant Martin’s no stranger to runs, sprints and gym work.

“It was a bit of a shock… I thought they were perfect,” said Martin.

“I said to the specialist would I be able to go back and umpire before my overseas trip in July, or after, and he said you won’t be running again.”

For the full story, grab May 15 edition of The Leader.