Posted September 09, 2019 15:11:33When Tom Hiltjeer first met Tommy Hilfiger he said it was “very easy” to get to know the iconic star.
“Tommy was very warm, very warm,” Hiltjer said.
“He was a really good friend, and he’s just a really nice guy.”
Hiltjers father is the legendary American bowling legend, Tom Hildreth, who was known as the “Pledge of Strength”.
But while Hiltjoer and Hildern had an instant bond, the younger Hiltjer was not as easy to connect with.
“I’d never met Tommy before,” he said.
It was a decision he regretted.
“When I got the job [with Cricket Australia], I was really nervous,” he laughed.
“But he was very kind to me and really friendly.”
“I think I was nervous to be honest, because I was a bit apprehensive.
I was kind of trying to hide behind him.””
Tom and I would go bowling and it would be like two people in a room with no one around them.””
He’d take me up and down the bowlers alley, and we’d all just sit there laughing and talking and talking.”
But Hiltjar never felt the pressure to perform.
“It wasn’t until I started doing a lot of work with the cricket department that I realised I could play.”
And it was when I was on the team that I really started to notice how much of a difference it made.
“Because I didn’t have to go and work for myself.”‘
I’m not ashamed of it’Tom Hiltjaer was born on February 12, 1963 in the state of New South Wales, Australia.
He grew up in a family of five in his home town of Grafton in the Northern Territory.
His father, Tom, was a professional athlete who competed in football, rugby league and cricket.
“My father was just a huge rugby league player, and I played football at school,” Hiljaer said of his family.
“So I was pretty good, and when I went to university I wanted to play rugby league.”
Hiljaers family was very close.
“They were my two main sources of support,” he says.
“There’s always been a lot more support for me than for my parents.”
“My mum and dad had a huge amount of love for me.
I always felt they wanted me to succeed, and they just always supported me.”
Their support for my career and their support for the game of cricket really made me want to play more.”‘
My career really started with cricket’Tom is a big believer in his father’s belief in him as a player, believing he has to play at the highest level.”
Growing up, I was always a big rugby league fan,” Hila said.”[My father] was always saying, ‘You’re going to be the best bowler in the world one day, and that’s what you’re going for’.””
And my career really really started from cricket.
My dad was always telling me to just work hard, and work hard and work harder, and get better at bowling.””
It was something I really believed in and I’m just really proud of my dad’s contribution.””
For me, it was really important that I stayed humble and play the way I was playing.”‘
It’s my decision to play’Tom admits that he has a lot to live up to when it comes to his bowling, but he is not ashamed to admit it.”
For a young kid, it’s my choice, I have no choice but to play,” he explained.”
As a bowler you can’t really make that choice.
But I know that my decision is to play.
“But when I did, I didn, it wasn’t a choice that I made because I don’t have any pressure, because it’s just football and cricket.”‘
The biggest challenge is learning how to hit the ball with confidence’Tom said he did have a lot in his arsenal to learn how to bowl.
“One of the biggest challenges is learning to hit a ball with consistency,” he added.
“In my experience, a lot comes down to the skill level.
So if you can play the sport that you love, and you’ve got good technique, then you’ll probably get better every year.””
Even when I wasn’t bowling, that would still be a challenge for me.”‘”
I know that when I do get into a rhythm with my bowling, I’ll get a lot better every time.”
Even when I wasn’t bowling, that would still be a challenge for me.”‘
Just give me the ball’Tom says he has always had a soft spot for bowling.”
Bowling is a sport I can learn to play and I love it.
I just give it