Callum Blake is an Old Boy from the 2011 cohort. He played in the school’s First XI in both 2010 and 2011. He also went on the school’s cricket tour to South Africa in 2010. Callum has gone onto represent Vanuatu in cricket at a senior level. Here is his story so far.
“Vanuatu, my country of birth, is made up of 83 islands and a population of 250,000. I grew up in the capital, Port Vila, until starting boarding school at Churchie in 2007 (Goodwin House). Over my time at Churchie, I was lucky enough to be part of many cricket tours to represent Vanuatu in under age tournaments and for this I am extremely grateful. I have been a cricket coach at Churchie since 2012 and have also tutored boarders during that time. I am currently in my final year of an Arts degree at the University of Queensland and am looking to do a Master’s degree in teaching secondary French and English, two of the three national languages in Vanuatu. On the cricket front, I made my debut for the Vanuatu national team in Lismore, 2014. Apart from myself and one other player, who was also born and raised in Vanuatu, the team is made up of entirely indigenous Ni – Vanuatu. The team has slowly worked its way up the world rankings from a mid-60s ranking and in recent years we have beaten teams such as Italy, Germany, Argentina, Nigeria, Ghana, and Cayman Islands. Over the past five years we have moved from our regional qualifier through Division 8, all the way to Division 4 in the World Cricket League (WCL) rankings and we are now ranked in the top 30 teams of the world. Quite an achievement for such a small country! It is great being a part of such a close-knit team and I am so proud to be able to represent my country on the world stage.”
(L) Vanuatu’s national cricket team; Callum is seated front row left.
(R) Callum celebrates a wicket in the final of the WCL Division 5.