Former England cricketer, novelist and TV personality Ed Smith will visit Aston University next month to give a talk on motivation in sport ahead of the London 2012 Olympics. This is a free event and is being held on Wednesday 2 May.
The event will give you the opportunity to hear Ed's thoughts on motivation in sport, what it’s like to play as part of a team, winning and losing, and the role of luck in performing at the highest sporting level.
Ed was educated at Cambridge University and at the age of 18 became the youngest ever Cambridge undergraduate to score a century on his first class debut. He was a professional cricketer for 13 years, at Kent and then at Middlesex, where he was captain in 2007 and 2008. He also played three Test matches for England before retiring from cricket in 2008 as a result of breaking his ankle.
He has written four books: Playing Hard Ball; On and Off the Field; What Sport Tells Us About Life; and his recently published Luck. In October 2010, Ed wrote and presented Inside Sport, his first documentary for BBC1 television. He also wrote and presented Peak Performance for BBC Radio 3, a series comparing the shared experiences of sportsmen and musicians. He regularly appears on Radio 4′s Today programme.
After retiring from cricket, Ed wrote the Mind Games column for The Daily Telegraph, before joining The Times as a leader writer. He is now a Times features writer, contributor to The Spectator and a GQ columnist.
This event forms part of the University’s London 2012 initiative - Expanding Horizons: Aston's Year of Transforming Lives. Expanding Horizons is a year dedicated to celebrating the University’s diverse campus community and enhancing intercultural awareness by specifically looking at how London 2012 can positively influence the Aston University campus community.
This event is free to attend and open to all. It’s being held in Room G8 in the Main Building at Aston University and starts at 5:30pm. To book a place at this event, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. A light buffet will follow the lecture.
Words by Louise Russell
17 April 2012