Robin Roussel Cricket Bat to be Displayed in the Roussel Pavillion

Saturday 24 November 2012

Robin's old, signed cricket bat has been mounted by male cancer charity, Male Uprising Guernsey and will be presented by the family to Elizabeth College for display in The Roussel Pavilion in his memory. 

The cricket bat was rescued from a pile destined for the bonfire and was given to Jack, Robin's great nephew, who happened to be there. Jack subsequently cleaned and oiled the bat bringing it back to its former glory. 

Robin Roussel (1935-2006) will always be remembered as one of the best all-round sportsmen of his generation and for his contribution to sport in the Bailiwick. A master at Elizabeth College for 32 years, he led by example and played many sports including football, hockey, cricket and squash as well as playing an important role in sailing coaching. Robin was the first qualified squash association coach in Guernsey; he developed the first Elizabeth College sailing club and became the sailing co-ordinator for the Island Games. 

Robin inspired at least five generations of boys to get more involved in sport and his contribution as a coach and a player cannot be overstated. Sporting prowess aside, Robin was universally liked and respected. A man of great integrity, he was very generous with his time and skills but was always modest. 

Sadly, Robin succumbed to prostate cancer and when a member of the Roussel family approached Male Uprising Guernsey (MUG) about his cricket bat, they were keen to create a tribute to this sporting figurehead. 'MUG is very proud to help honour Robin and we hope that by displaying his old bat in the Roussel Pavilion we are both paying tribute to his role in the community but also reminding the men of Guernsey about illnesses like prostate cancer and the importance of having any health concerns checked out,' explained Gavin Ferguson, one of MUG's trustees.

The cricket bat will be displayed in the Roussel Pavilion, Memorial Field.