adding to Dwhite post on famous people with RA ,, i cant go without giving this fella a special mention ..
billy bowden played cricket at a high level in new zealand ,, untill RA hit him at 21 , and finished his cricket dream of playing for his country .. it finished him from playing cricket at a high level ,, but he went on to be a top cricket umpire , and now he s the man in charge of any top international test match ..
in cricket ,, when a appeal is made for a wicket ,, the players will shout out HOWZ ZAT ???? youve all heard it .. if the umpire believes the batsman is out .. he will raise his arm and hold out one finger ,, this is the signal to say the batsman is out ,, billy bowden ,, does this in a different way to any other umpire ,, and he raises his crooked finger ,, he also has his own way to signal a six , where again he holds up his arms and gives a little dance , and agian holds out his crooked finger ,,, his different hand signals in umpiring cricket have become famous around the world ,, and the reason for him doing all this , is not to make people feel soory for him ,, but to spread the word and spread awareness ..
in the cricket world ,, all players supports just love billy bowden ,, with his funny ways of hand signals and his cheeky smile ... he s certainly got people talking about RA in the cricket world ..