Within the last year, the Blind Cricket, and community unfortunately lost a valuable, and loved member. Heindrich Swanepoel tragically passed away in last September 2012, due to a heart attack. Everyone at Warwickshire was devastated to hear the news, and it shook everyone throughout the Blind Cricket world.

Heindrich will forever remain in our hearts, and our thoughts, as the Blind Cricket world continues to mourn his passing, and celebrate his legacy that will remain with us forever. Listed below are some of the tributes that Warwickshire players have made to Heindrich by naming their favourite memory of Heindrich:

Justin Hollingsworth
“Him Walking out onto the Hagley Road, Birmingham at rush hour & getting stuck in the middle with traffic both sides of him and us nearly beating him by using the lights him then arguing saying it was a much quicker way to food! There are many others though considering I only new Hein for 4 years he had a big impact on my attitude to cricket and bowling.”

 

Ryan Leighton
“Heindrich always used to shout at me in training, but particularly in matches, whenever I’d do something wrong – I’ll miss that!!!”

 

Aiden Reilly
“Whilst playing a T20 in Highgate my back went and I had to go off the pitch Hein came over god knows what he did but it was amazing I called him God coz I felt healed, RIP Bud.”

 

Jagdisch Pata
“When he gave me my first cap in 2007 for England - I was very honoured, and very proud to receive my first cap – and couldn’t have asked for anyone better to give it to me.”

 

Luke Sugg
“Whilst on England duty, in Sri Lanka in 2006, the players were relaxing in the pool, playing a bit of “Watch Rugby”. Watching Hein and Rory demolish whoever came in their way…however Hein took it a step further…Andy Powers, attacked from the right, and with one motion, hein caught Andy one handed, taking the full weight on his hand, before pushing Andy backwards and what can only be described as a cross between a Chokeslam & a Body Slam!”

 

Adrian Snelgrove
“I don’t have one memory that particularly stands out but I have many years of memories of Heindrich. I played with him for a full season at Welsh Dragons and he was an inspiration. A man who loved his cricket, who led by example on the field and always wanted to win. I used to hate facing his bowling when playing against him as I normally took a battering and used to tell my team mates that if I had a phone call, ask them to hold on for 2 minutes because if Heindrich was bowling I’ll be back soon. Away from cricket, he loved rugby and I would sit down and chat to him about the game for hours. He’s gone but he’ll never be forgotten.”

 

Mark Turnham
“Any opportunity Heindrich had of getting ice-cream he would get it.”

 

Asif Ali
“I didn’t know Heindrich very well – but in the short time I knew of him – I learnt a lot – and was able to watch one of the greatest to ever play this game.”

 

Hassan Ali
“Like my brother, I didn’t know Heindrich much – but he still made a big impact, and it was an honour to play against him.”

 

Andy Powers
“When he presented me with my first England cap in Sri Lanka, he was captain at the time and was always pleased when new players got their first caps. just playing in the same team as Hein was a privilege, a man with great motivation and determination to succeed always pushing himself as far as he could to get better, these are the qualities that will be his legacy and something every England player should push themselves to be like.”

 

Nathan Foy
“I really miss Heindrich. It takes a lot for a man to love another man, but he was the kind of person that drew that affection from those close to him, including me. My favourite memory is of Heindrich making Neil Prior eat several pots of ice cream because they came with a meal deal at an Indian version of McDonald's in Chennai in 2002.”

 

All remains to be said is, Rest In Peace Heindrich Swanepoel.