Sports staff profiles

Harrie Thomson, Director of Physical Education and Sport
Before deciding on a career in teaching, Harrie studied Sport and Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores University and played 1st team rugby. After graduating he was employed by Charters Sports College in the UK who sponsored him during his initial teacher training and offered him a position on completion. His teaching philosophy is student centred. He aims to instil a belief in students that qualities can be improved through effort, challenge and experience. Harrie has had experience teaching all age groups from KS1-5, organising various expeditions and sports tours internationally, additionally he has coached teams in various sports. His desire was always to teach internationally and when an opportunity presented itself at BSKL he jumped at the chance. He has been at BSKL for 4 years and is currently Director of Physical Education and Sport. In his spare time he enjoys playing competitive rugby, football and participating in various forms of fitness training.

Robert Rudling, Head of Secondary PE
Robert has enjoyed working with the students of BSKL, and having worked in Thailand and the UK it has been a great experience to work in these contrasting yet still amazing places. Robert has the passion to see all the students leave BSKL with a positive outlook and confidence to remain, or become involved, in sports and physical activity. Robert himself enjoys playing golf and rugby but is probably best known for the hours he spends with the students on the basketball court.

Connor McAlister, Head of Primary PE
Connor served in the British Army before studying Exercise and Sport Sciences at the University of Exeter. After graduating he worked as a Health and Fitness Manager for Fitness First in the U.K. Connor returned to university in 2011 to study towards his PGCE in Physical Education at The Manchester Metropolitan University. He secured a role at The Manchester Grammar School following a successful placement as a student teacher. Initially Connor taught in the secondary P.E department before being promoted to Head of Junior School Physical Education in 2014. During his time at the school he guided teams to numerous successes in football, rugby, cricket, swimming and futsal as well as developing the P.E curriculum and organising numerous sporting events. Connor loves teaching and has enjoyed working with students across a range of key stages. He believes that P.E should be challenging, engaging and fun. Connor is very interested in learning and teaching and enjoys using a range of methods to create stimulating lessons for his students. His aim is to foster a lifelong enthusiasm for sport in those he teaches and to create confident and independent learners. Connor is interested in a wide variety of sports and currently holds sixteen coaching qualifications. He is looking to add more in the future! Connor enjoys playing a range of sports, but especially football. He has represented his university and Corps football teams as well as playing for a number of amateur teams and is a huge West Ham United fan. Connor was inspired to teach internationally by the opportunity to expose his children to new cultures, explore Asia and further his own teaching experiences. He is delighted to have joined BSKL.

Gareth Pearson, Head of Aquatics
Gareth comes from Yorkshire in the UK. He lived in Thailand for two years, where he worked as a PADI scuba diving instructor. In 2009 Gareth relocated to Sabah, Malaysia where he led the swimming programme at Kinabalu British International School. As Head of Swimming at BSKL, Gareth believes in a broad, challenging and enjoyable aquatics programme that engages all students. In previous schools Gareth has introduced various aquatics programs such as Water Polo, Diving, Life Saving Awards, Scuba and Competitive Swimming. Outside of school Gareth enjoys competing in many different sports and plays rugby for the KL Tigers. He also enjoys the occasional round of golf with friends and travelling to new places.

Vicky Wright, PE Teacher
Victoria has been in Malaysia for over 5 years now and initially joined the BSKL team from the KDU International School in Kuala Lumpur where she was Head of Physical Education for 2 years. After a successful sports career in Badminton, Victoria has remained involved in sport through coaching and teaching in Bulgaria and France. Throughout her professional sporting career, Victoria has taken part in 5 World Championships and 2 Olympic Games, finishing top 14 in the World in 2005. After retiring from professional sport, Victoria moved to United Kingdom following her husband's employment as Great Britain's Badminton Performance Director and worked for Badminton England as a Performance Senior Administrator until the family moved to Kuala Lumpur in August 2010. In her spare time she loves running, swimming and cycling and would love to challenge herself with racing in a marathon in the near future.

Wayne Grant, PE Teacher
Wayne decided to move into education after completing a BSc degree in Sports Science at Brunel University. Whilst Physical Education was his preferred route into teaching, Wayne’s route was through the Graduate Teachers Programme in primary education. He joined BSKL after completing two years as Director of Sport and Physical Education at an international school in Shanghai. Whilst he would declare a love for most sports, his passion is football and he has played the non league circuit in England for clubs such as: Wingate and Finchley and Fisher Athletic, whilst also coaching and scouting for Tottenham Hotspurs and Millwall FC respectively. Away from teaching, coaching and playing sports, he likes to attempt to keep up with his active daughter and spend time with his family and friends.

Ben Hulme, PE Teacher
After finishing university Ben joined King's House School, Richmond, where he taught Physical Education for 4 years. In England, Ben also coached South East regional teams for the Independent Schools Football Association, which also led to opportunities coaching at the Gothia World Youth Cup. Ben has always enjoyed travelling around Asia and is very excited to be living in Malaysia. Ben loves all sports and is looking forward to pursuing his interests in surfing and diving in warmer water.

Charlotte Massey, Sports Coach
Charlotte enjoys playing netball and has played throughout her educational years. She also played for Cheshire Jets, a local netball team in her area. She is a keen road runner and has a passion for physical activity. She has an interest in fashion and enjoys interacting with new people and learning different ways of life. She seeks to help others learn new skills whilst adapting to different individuals and environments. Charlotte hopes to travel the world and submerge herself within the different cultures.

Joe Cain, PE Coach
Joe is in his first year at BSKL as a sports coach and his main sport is rugby. He spent 5 years playing professional rugby for Leicester Tigers until injury forced him into an early retirement. Also a keen footballer Joe loves to play as a goalkeeper and is a massive Sunderland fan.

Hannah Marshall, Sports Coach
Hannah loves loves Football and Futsal and has played all of her life, playing competitive football for Middlesbrough and Newcastle United Women's Football Clubs in England and for Northumbria University. She also loves coaching football and has previously coached football in India, France, Zambia and in the UK. She also enjoys coaching and playing all sports and prior to her position at BSKL, Hannah worked as Northumbria Sport Academy Lead Coach, coaching multi sport camps and in both Primary and Secondary Schools. She has always wanted to coach internationally and loves learning new languages and cultures and meeting new people.

Chong Teng Yang, Swimming Coach
Swimming has been CT's passion from a very young age. He has been coaching since leaving University in 2006 and is a FINA Qualified Level 2 Coach since 2010. His specialty is forming the all 4 competitive strokes in competitive swimming, and devising a successful periodised swimming program. He also coached a Malaysian state Water-polo team and obtained favourable results. CT has worked with the Royal Malaysian Navy and managed to raise the swimming and water polo standards within the Royal Malaysian Armed Forces. He finally found his calling to be working with children and young adults of various ages especially in swimming and water polo. It is a dream come true for him to be offered a position in BSKL to be based solely on aquatic activities. Other than swimming and coaching, photography and miniature painting are some of his favourite past-times.

Wilson Chai, Swimming Coach
Wilson has been an avid swimmer ever since he was 12 and as he has trained at the national level as a competitive swimmer in Malaysia during his growing high school years. As time passed by, he decided to adopt his hobby as a profession. He prides himself with his patience and his ability to handle children of all ages delicately whilst setting challenges to improve their water confidence. Wilson loves to travel and experience different cultures and food.

Matt Collins, Aquatics Teacher
Growing up by the coast Matt has always had a passion for the water. Through this passion he can often be found in the sea, surfing or in the pool swimming. Matt has played water polo at county level and regularly competes in surf lifesaving for a club at his local beach. Other interests include climbing and triathlons which Matt hopes to continue whilst living in Malaysia. Surfing has taken Matt to many places around the world but never to Asia. Here he hopes to travel, explore new places and meet new people.

Emma Wilson, PE Teacher
Emma enjoys watching and participating in sport, particularly swimming. She has swam since a young age and competed at a national and international level. However she now enjoys teaching and coaching all ages and abilities and has coached swimmers at national events. Prior to her position at BSKL Emma worked in a boarding school in North Yorkshire, teaching PE and leading the swimming programme. Emma has prior experience living abroad as she worked in Australia as a PE teaching assistant for one year and attended the Antwerp International School as a child. Emma enjoys reading and travelling and hopes to explore more of South East Asia while living in Kuala Lumpur.