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Cricketing Legend Mike Gatting Visits Wellington Shanghai

May, 2015
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wellington_school-news2On 11 May, Wellington College International Shanghai was lucky enough to host, for a second time, cricketing legend, ex-England captain and chairman of the MCC Mike Gatting. A visit for the afternoon was made possible by Kingdom Education.

Mike was able to spend an hour with Wellington sports scholars, talking to them about what it takes to perform at the highest levels of sport and share with them some really interesting ideas about being part of a team. He also explained about how to deal with the pressures of leading and captaincy. All the pupils were then given the chance for a short Q&A session with Gatting. For Wellington scholars this was a unique opportunity to get a real insight into the world of elite sport and delve into the experiences of a man who led an Ashes winning test side.

Mike then gave a coaching clinic to the Years 4, 5 and 6 and later to Years 7 to 11 about the real fundamentals of the game of cricket, introducing some to the game for the first time.

Mike is going to return to Shanghai and to Wellington in September, and is planning to host a Lord’s Taverners match, some school competitions and more coaching. This is the second time he has visited Wellington, having first come here last October with the MCC Ladies team to play China in the inaugural matches on the school’s pitch.

Wellington looks to raise the profile of cricket in this part of Asia, in conjunction with Kingdom Education. This is a very exciting time for cricket at Wellington as the College begins to become a hub for the sport, not just in the city, but also in China as a whole.


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