Stewart’s Melville College was delighted to host the visit of cricketing legend Sir Garfield (Gary) Sobers at the Tom Fleming Centre on Wednesday 7 June, in conjunction with Jed McCabe of InspireSport.
Sir Garfield, arguably the world’s greatest all-rounder cricketer, made a brief visit to Scotland last week, and we were privileged that he was able to join us for an evening. Sir Garfield was knighted in 1975, became one of only ten National Heroes of Barbados in 1998 and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2003 for his contribution to cricket.
Principal David Gray welcomed Sir Garfield by recalling his rise from humble beginnings to cricketing greatness, enlightening the audience to some of Sir Garfield’s most famous cricketing feats; his world record score of 365 not out that was held for 36 years, being the first player to hit six consecutive sixes off one over and, in 2000, being adjudged one of the five cricketing greats of the century.
Sir Garfield then addressed an audience in excess of 250 students and parents, speaking about his career and experiences as a senior ambassador for cricket worldwide before holding a Q+A session.
Sir Garfield took the time to answer each student’s question individually and with care, placing emphasis on the importance of an individual making contributions to a team and the positive influences of sport. Despite his vast achievements, all present were impressed by his humility and appreciation of the opportunity to represent his country.
Cricket Co-Captains Andrew and Patrick made a presentation to Sir Garfield from Stewart’s Melville College, thanking him for his visit, and in return Sir Garfield kindly presented each of them with autographed cricket bats.
The evening was huge success. Sir Garfield’s words were inspiring to the whole audience, and afterward students and parents were able to have their photos taken with him as he signed many autographs. We thank both Sir Garfield for taking the time to visit Stewart’s Melville College and Jed McCabe of Inspire Sports for arranging the event.