So we retained the Ashes with a comprehensive series win against the Australians! As a young boy I had to watch Messrs Warne, McGrath, Gillespie, Lee and co steam roll the England side, so I am very much enjoying our recent renaissance.
As a cricket enthusiast it was one of the proudest moments of my life when I was elected captain at my cricket club this summer. I had only been at the club for two full seasons before receiving the honor. It is quite humbling to be elected by your peers and receive the full backing of players and members.
I have always loved sport, but cricket, football, golf and rugby are the ones I have played. As I grew older cricket became my main sport, injuries cut short my participation in football. Although my injuries were possibly my own fault, my bad back problems probably stemmed from picking the ball out of the back of the net on such regular occasions. I really enjoy golf, well sort of. I enjoy looking for my ball in the rough, long grass and nearby woodland, nature at its finest!
I have been playing cricket for the last 15 years. As a young person in school, I did not have access to cricket facilities or equipment. I had to find a local club and follow through my interest out of school time. Playing cricket from a young age has shaped me in many different ways. I have made friends for life, many of whom I still play cricket with and others that I know socially.
I am a member of a team, I rely on that team, i defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.
Cricket taught me how to respect players, umpires and people in general. It is a game of preparation, patience and concentration. These are qualities that have enhanced both my personal and professional life. I have had some of the best days of my life on a sporting field, shared with many great people. You have good days; you have some very bad days, but you learn how to deal with them. Just like life, sport is a great leveler.
There are certain paths you can go down in life. I believe sport certainly kept me on the straight and narrow. Personally, the thrill of saving a penalty or scoring 100 runs was much more rewarding than being out on the streets drinking and causing mischief. I definitely have my parents to thank for taking me to clubs, training and to games. Until I became older, I never appreciated or really understood the amount of time or effort that was put in by the coaches and other volunteers. Training sessions, organising matches, attending meeting’s is very time consuming, they are really unsung heroes.
Playing in a team can really bring out the best in you, collectively this can be a formidable force. The successful teams I have played have all had one thing in common, team spirit. We have applied this ideology at L&R. We have a wonderful team, we pull together and all do our jobs, we do not let each other or our clients down. We all share the same goal; we want to be the best Document Management Company and by building a great team, I know we will achieve this.