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22 August

OVs Cricket Journey from the UK to Australia

It was wonderful news to learn that OV Simon Insley (Br 99-06) has just been appointed as General Manager of High Performance of Cricket Tasmania and the Hobart Hurricanes and Simon has sent us this fantastic overview of his time since leaving King’s…

“After leaving King’s I went to Nottingham University to study Physiotherapy.

The year after University, with the goal to travel around the Southern Hemisphere whilst working. To set me up for work, I gained New Zealand Physiotherapy registration.

After six months of working in a private practice in Auckland I was offered a chance to be the ’Assistant Physiotherapist’ for the Auckland Cricket team. Two years following this I was made Head Physiotherapist of the Auckland cricket Team. Due to an ability to create trust and strong relationships with both the players and the management I was appointed High Performance Manager to oversee the professional cricket set up of cricket in Auckland. I gained support professional with the national body and I was appointed New Zealand ‘A’ team Manager for their tour against Pakistan in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. This summer I was lucky enough to be asked to join the BLACKCAPS as part of their management team for the Cricket World Cup in England.

To be a part of the World Cup with all my family travelling to all the New Zealand games was all a dream come true. My first cricket tour was with King’s when we toured Barbados with Mr Gillgrass (Hon OV) and Mr Iddon (Hon OV).

The dream was so nearly a fairytale, being a part of the most famous of cricket World Cup finals at Lords last month. To be on the balcony during the super over will be a day that I will never forget and a part of me will always be at Lords for those final moments.

After returning back to New Zealand, I have been offered a role as General Manager of High Performance of Cricket Tasmania and the Hobart Hurricanes, replacing Drew Ginn who has been appointed High Performance Manager of Cricket Australia. The role is to report to the Chief Executive on all the cricket departments to ensure that the state is striving for excellence to achieve its strategic goals.

I am hugely grateful that my parents gave me the upbringing that I had and decided to send me to King’s. There is no doubt that the social skills that the school and teachers developed through my school years have been a crucial reason that I have been able to achieve success in professional sport on the other side of the world. The support, challenge and broad life skills that King’s developed has enabled me to build a number of relationships at all levels of a professional cricket team.

I look forward to one day coming back to the School and seeing the progress the school has made.”

(Photos courtesy of Simon Insley)