Home' Capricornus Quarterly : CQ Dec 2018 Jan 2019 Contents Cricket’s more than coaching
The sport of cricket delivered an opportunity
for Reegan Brown (RGS 2012) to step
outside of his comfort zone and help a
struggling African country in many ways.
In 2018 the Lord’s Taverners Australia, Northern
NSW division, and the Malawi Cricket Union
(MCU) partnered in an exchange programme to
support a Queensland club player and coach.
After a meeting with Stan Gilchrist, the
father of Australian cricket great Adam
Gilchrist, Reegan accepted the opportunity
for a four-month volunteer experience
helping coach cricket in Malawi. Reegan, 22,
is the first to go over on this exchange.
“I don’t think I could be more involved in a national
cricket programme than this,’’ Reegan said.
“From rolling pitches and recovering outfields
from termite nests, to selecting the national men’s
and women’s teams and assisting in the delivery of
two indoor cricket facilities. I’ve had my hands full
in every avenue of the Malawi Cricket programme.”
A highlight of this cricket journey was
joining the Malawi cricket coaching staff at
the ICC World T20 Africa qualifiers, where
Malawi qualified for the next round.
Reegan also coached the Malawi
women’s team at an ICC Six Nationals T20
tournament in Botswana, where they won
their first ever international match, and
worked with many school children.
Reegan said cricket could be used as a powerful
tool to do much more than just teach a sport.
“Our game plan is to take on even greater
challenges and to build a sustainable, exciting
future for cricket in Malawi that will inspire
all involved in the sport,’’ Reegan said.
“ We want our sport to grow in participation,
succeed on the global stage, deliver
economic impact, and be recognised for
outstanding governance practice.”
This experience has also been part
of a bigger picture in Malawi.
“Malawi Cricket does a lot more for
struggling Malawians than just teach
them cricket,’’ Reegan said.
“The positive impact cricket can have on
Malawian culture and lifestyle is what makes
this volunteering programme so important.”
“Cricket in Malawi is still at a basic level
and progression of the sport is being
continuously challenged by cultural,
economic and political issues.”
“Malawi is among the top five poorest countries
in the world with an average life expectancy of only
61 years for males and 67 among females. Most
Malawians are far more concerned about surviving
day-to-day then about playing professional cricket.”
Reegan also realised how fortunate he
had been to play cricket in Australia.
“In Malawi, the clubhouse, administration
office, change room, file room and gym are in
humid shipping containers,’’ Reegan said.
“Manual pitch rollers, buckets of
water and machete- like blades are
used to maintain the grounds.
“It ’s common for children to travel
over t wo hours, by means of walking
or poor public transport, to make it to
training. All equipment, including shoes,
is shared by all players and coaches.”
Reegan was very concerned about the
cricketers diets, with a typical pre-match
diet consisting of dirty drinking water and
porridge-like staple food, Nshima.
“Despite these challenges cricket is
still played and thoroughly enjoyed by
a growing number of Malawians.”
“Children playing cricket on the streets of
Malawi for fun is still a long way away.”
Wiltshire in the NRL
Kurt Wiltshire (RGS 2015) has signed a North
Queensland Cowboys NRL contract for the 2019
NRL season. Kurt played for the Qld 20s rugby
league team in 2018. Other RGS past students on
the Cowboys junior books are Ben Condon (RGS
2017) and Aaron Moore (RGS 2018).
Stuart McLaren (RGS 1992)
was appointed National Youth
Team coach by the Scottish
Football Assn. The 43-year- old
will look after the under-
16s and mentor coaches.
Prior to the appointment
Stuart was the Scottish
FA’s Coach Education and
Candice Millard (RGS 2008) was
married to Hayden Garside, at
Henderson Park on 23 June 2018. The
wedding party included (pictured from
left) Amie Dowling (nee Western,
RGS 2010), Nikki Gould (RGS
2009), Jade Garside (nee Kenny,
RGS 2008), Elsie McKinlay (nee
Millard, RGS 2003) and Drew
Garside (RGS 2008), Adam Scully,
Adrian Robinson, Mark Gifford.
Recognising outstanding achievements
and contributions by Past Students.
Saturday, 27 July 6pm
@RGS. Ticket s: $50 per person
Includes hors d’oeuvres, limited drinks and three-
course meal. Please RSVP at events@rgs.
qld.edu.au or call Rachael on 07 4936 0776
(before Friday 19 July). The Awards recognise
the actions and achievements of Past Students
who have gone above and beyond, and in doing
so, encourages aspirations and ideals of the
highest community standards and values. They
are tangible models of good women and men to
current students. It is the School community’s
pre-eminent means of recognising outstanding
achievement and contribution by Past Students
in Community Service and Leadership, Academic
and Professional Excellence or Sporting and
Cultural Excellence. In 2019 the School also
acknowledges past staff members of the School
for their memorable and devoted service during
their time at RGS. Join us to say thank you.
Disting uished Past Student
Disting uished Past Student
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