Aidan grew up playing any and every sport he could that involved a ball. He started playing cricket at the young age of 5 when he started school in South Africa. Every morning he would tell his mom that she had to drop him off early so that he would be the first to bat as they would play cricket at school before the bell rang every morning!
He played a good level of cricket in South Africa and the cricket was very competitive even at such a young age. He started his private coaching at Graham Ford cricket academy under Gareth Brown who taught him a lot about the sport.
At the age of 11 years old Aidan and his family moved to Switzerland. They only found out after a year of being here that cricket was in actual fact played here! Aidan then joined Gingins cricket club in 2010 and played in his first indoor tournament a week later.
It turned out to be an excellent tournament with Gingins winning for the first time.
He has been part of Gingins since 2010 and has also toured with them on a number of tours to the UK, both tours to the Netherlands and to Jersey. Zuoz was always a hit and he really enjoyed going. Aidan has won numerous awards playing for Gingins and has been the opening batsman for a while averaging well above 50.
Aidan was selected to play for the National Swiss Under 13 side that toured Austria. After that his cricket continued to improve and he was subsequently selected to represent The Swiss National team in U13, U15, U17 and U19 later joining the Swiss Colts. He has played in the International U19 4 Nations tournament that has been held every year for the past 3 years. First in Germany in 2013, in Paris in 2014 and then in Belgium in 2015.
He has received the Bob Barber Award , which is the highest award in Swiss Junior cricket two years in a row. In 2014 and again in 2015.
In June 2016 Aidan was selected to play for The Offical National Swiss mens team, a huge achievement and was one of the youngest players. His debut tournament was held in Prague against the Czech Republic and Estonia where he opened the batting and scored a respectable 38 and 13.
Over the years Aidan has gone for private coaching with Gareth Brown in South Africa, Manoj Parmar in the UK and Gary Palmer in the UK which has helped him strengthen his technique. Manoj invited Aidan to go on a cricket tour that he had organised with his club in the UK to India in February 2014. It was a great experience for Aidan who enjoyed playing there and experiencing what India had to offer. He learnt to play spin under the toughest of conditions.
In the summer of 2015 Aidan went over to the UK and spent his whole summer playing for Chippenham Cricket Club. In his 6 innings he scored 260 runs with 4 50s at an average of 130 and a top score of 77*. He also took 13 wickets with an average of 22. This year Aidan was invited to go back to the UK and play for Biddestone Cricket Club who had seen him play the previous summer. Biddestone reached the finals in the Wiltshire NatWest U19 Club T20 County Final - 2016.
Aidan is currently in Australia for 3 months with the Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy. It’s a great experience for any young player wanting to further their cricket career.
Aidan really enjoys being out there and experiencing life. He is a person who makes friends easily and is always happy playing cricket. Whether winning or losing, you will always find Aidan with a smile on his face.