AISHK 25th Anniversary Throwback: Sporting Visitors

Australian cricketer Richard Chee Quee (first of Chinese origin to play for New South Wales) visits the school in 1996

AISHK has had the privilege of welcoming various sporting stars and teams to the school. From cricketers to AFL players and rugby teams to swimmers, there’s no denying the community spirit that is highlighted upon their visit especially for a school that values sport as much as we do.

Australian cricketers Glenn McGrath and Mark Waugh with students in 1995

“Sport has always been an important aspect of the school program, particularly for the older Primary and Secondary students. For those who were recent arrivals from Australia, the lack of ready access to playing fields, parks, etc. could easily make life feel a bit claustrophobic! Students always participated most enthusiastically in sessions with visitors.” – Margaret Merrell (Primary Principal, 1995-2003)

Listed below are the visitors who have graced our fields over the years:

1995: Australian cricketers Glenn McGrath and Mark Waugh

1996: Reebok Legends (aka Australian Legends Rugby Team), Australian cricketer Richard Chee Quee

1997: AFL footballers (for an AFL clinic), Australian Legends Rugby Team

1998: Australian Legends Rugby Team

1999: Australian Legends Rugby Team

2000: Australian Legends Rugby Team, Australian cricketers Allan Border and Mark Taylor

2001: Australian cricketer Kim Hughes

2003: New Zealand Legends Rugby Team

2004: New Zealand Rugby 10s Team

2006: New Zealand Legends Rugby Team, Australian Legends Rugby Team

2007: Australian Rugby 7s Team, New Zealand Rugby 7s Team

2010: New Zealand Rugby 10s Team

2015: Australian Rugby 7s Team, Port Adelaide Football Club’s Aboriginal AFL Academy Team

2017: Australian Rugby 7s Team

2018: Classic Wallabies Rugby Team

2019: Classic Wallabies Rugby Team, Australian Rugby 7s Team

Tim Tait (Director of Sports and Activities, 2019- ) reflects on how these kinds of sporting visits can inspire our students to dream when it comes to sport.

“Over the years, Australian International School in Hong Kong has been lucky enough to have many top sports teams and sports stars grace our campus, and share their experiences with our students and community. Having sporting idols and heroes is such an important part of being a young athlete, as it inspires and motivates them to be the best they can be. So, having legends of sport visit in person brings an excitement not only to our students but to our parent and staff community also. The connections between grassroots and professional sport is often made and the students are able to learn so much in a very short time.

“We often see our athletes aspire to be great at their chosen sport, and sometimes multiple sports. Being inspired by their heroes (and sometimes their parents’ heroes), we see great fight, desire, determination and commitment from our athletes which has become synonymous with AISHK Kangaroos Sport in recent times. We punch well above our weight and often see success in a range of sports both domestically and internationally. As you will notice, our trophy cabinet in the school Atrium is full of champions, placings and sportsmanship silverware from these competitions among others. Our main local sporting organisation is the ISSFHK (International School Sports Federation Hong Kong), where we compete in over 10 different sports from U12 up to U20. We also have a busy International calendar with involvement in ACAMIS (Association of China and Mongolia International Schools), SDRC (Southern Delta Regions Conference) and AISA (Australian International Schools Association).”