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Gryphon Gallery: Alex Glegg

Alex Glegg attended GNS (Glenlyon) from 1977 to 1982. An excellent student, receiving Effort and Citizenship awards, Highly Commended for Penmanship, sang in the Primary & Intermediate Choirs, participated in Elementary Cross-Country, and was goalie for the Grade 5 soccer team—good training for that WK. Have you guessed the sport yet? During those six years, he really enjoyed the PE programme that Mr. Auld offered, especially when they played outside and especially when they played non-stop??? Now do you know what sport?

Well rather than playing baseball during the summer months, Alex took to cricket. The game came naturally to him and he learned the technique of batting under the watchful eye of his father, a keen cricketer and national-level umpire. Junior play in the Victoria area led to men’s league play and having moved to Vancouver to study architecture at BCIT, it allowed for greater exposure to national selectors while playing for the Meraloma Club. 

Alex made his debut for Canada in October 1996, at the >1996–97 Shell/Sandals Trophy tournament (the West Indian domestic one-day competition). Canada and Bermuda participated as invitational teams. Alex, a right-handed opening bat (ROP) and wicket-keeper (WK), featured in the last four of Canada’s six games. Glegg opened the batting in every match he played. His best performance came against Trinidad and Tobago, when he scored 37 runs before being bowled out. Alex’s next appearances for Canada came at the 1997 ICC Trophy, played in Malaysia in March and April. He played in two matches, against East and Central Africa> in the group stages and against Hong Kong in the seventh-place playoff. As WK, he recorded three dismissals in each game. Alex’s last recorded matches for Canada came in October 1997, at the 1997–98 Red Stripe Bowl. He featured in all four of Canada’s matches and against Guyana in the quarter-final he scored 47 runs. Alex remained involved in Canadian cricket after finishing his playing career, as evidenced by his role as match referee at a 2006 international fixture between the Bermudian and Canadian women’s national sides, played in Victoria, at Beacon Hill Park.

While all this excitement of national honours was going on, Alex pursued his career in architecture and design. He rose to Senior Technologist with Fermworks (Airey Group), a leading residential design and property development company and for the past eight years runs his own company, Alex Glegg Design, responsible for the development of a wide variety of residential projects, ranging from high-end single-family custom homes to 90-unit multi-family developments.

Footnote: I understand that he has not yet had any requests to include a cricket batting net in the backyard of any of his designs!