PE teacher's firm footing as first grade batsman

WENDEL Delpechitra was educated at Patrician Brothers College, Fairfield.

That's where he attended lessons for six years completing his Higher School Certificate. Now he's the one giving lessons in the classroom.

The physical education teacher has taught there for three years.

"I always wanted to teach and it's worked out well being employed at the school I attended," Delpechitra, 26, said.

Away from school teaching, Delpechitra is semi-professional cricketer in the first grade team with the Fairfield Liverpool club.

Cricket dominates the batsman's life and time along with his teaching. He's playing and training twice a week with Fairfield Liverpool and is also coach of the Patrician Brothers College first XI team that includes Fairfield Liverpool lower grade players, all-rounder Chris Elias, 15, and wicket-keeper/batsman Andrew Deitz, 17.

"There's some very good talent in the team and Chris and Andrew are promising players," Delpechitra said.

On top of that, Delpechitra, is also assistant coach of the Fairfield Liverpool Green Shield 16 years' representative team with Lions teammate, Anthony Clark.

"We won the competition last season and a lot of those players are playing lower grades at the Lions," Delpechitra said. "I enjoy the cricket coaching in a way it's similar to teaching. You are helping develop people reach their potential and you a mentor."

Sri-Lankan-born, Delpechitra came to Australia with his parents when three and lives at Wakeley.

He played with Fairfield Pats at club level and from there made junior representative teams.

Delpechitra said he would often watch Fairfield Liverpool home games at Rosedale Oval and study first graders Anthony Clark and Grant Lambert, who later became teammates and positive influences on his life.

Lambert is retired but Clark still plays.

"I scored my first century in first grade in a big opening partnership with Grant Lambert," Delpechitra said.

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