Sport

Nick Starbrook

Nick Starbrook

Director of Sport | PE Teacher
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Nick Starbrook

Nick was educated at De Montfort University where he gained a BSc in Sports Science and a PGCE in Secondary PE and enjoyed a full sporting career. A county level player in three sports, Nick was also youth player with Millwall FC and QPR FC and played NCAA Division One football in the US.

Previously Nick worked at three independent schools in the UK, St Columba’s College (St Albans), Forest School and Highgate School (both London) before starting his international career at The British School, Jakarta, Indonesia. At each school Nick coordinated large sport programmes and is experienced in the provision of sport from Key Stage One to IB.

“It is my aim to foster a fun and enjoyable environment at Wellington College International Shanghai and develop students from both ends of the sporting spectrum. The philosophy of sport and PE here is underpinned by two factors: opportunities and excellence. It is the aim of the PE department to provide opportunities at every level of physical activity from recreational participation to competitive sport, also to make the sporting experience here at Wellington the best it can be”.

Carlton Palmer

Carlton Palmer

Academy Director
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Carlton Palmer

Carlton joins Wellington following many successes in the Middle East setting up sporting academies and running coaching programmes. He started his football career at West Bromwich Albion, joining as an apprentice in July 1983 before turning professional in December 1984. He made his league debut in September 1985 against Newcastle United. He went on to play for Sheffield Wednesday, Southampton, Nottingham Forest, Coventry City, Watford and finally, as player-manager at Stockport County. Carlton also went on to represent England, earning 18 caps, scoring one goal and secured a place in the national squad for the 1992 European Champi¬onships in Sweden.

Following various managerial posts Carlton turned his attention to media posts, working for the BBC and various providers in Asia and the Middle East working on English Premier League and European Champions League matches. Carlton is overseeing the Wellington College Academy Programme at Wellington. For more information, click here.

Stephanie Kyprou-Westwood

Stephanie Kyprou-Westwood

Head of PE
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Stephanie Kyprou-Westwood

Stephanie’s teaching career has predominantly been in British education. She studied at Brunel University and has covered all six areas of the physical education National Curriculum as well as sports science modules. She has taught a range of sports including gymnastics, athletics, hockey, netball and volleyball. Stephanie taught in the UK for three years before embarking on her international journey. Before Wellington, she spent two years teaching in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

While Stephanie enjoys all aspects of physical education, she is particularly well-qualified in teaching field hockey, having coached both school and club hockey up to the age of 18. She herself has represented Brunel University and Old Loughtonians, playing in the Women’s Essex Premiership Division.

The opportunity to inspire young people to become physically active and help them to realise their own potential was Stephanie’s driving force in becoming a physical education teacher. She is highly ambitious and is completely committed to achieving the highest standards while maintaining a sense of humour and perspective.

Ryan Briggs

Ryan Briggs

PE Teacher
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Ryan Briggs

After completing his A levels in South Africa, Ryan went on to Bath University in the UK, where he completed a BSc Sports Technology Degree. He joined Merchant Taylors’ School in 2005 where he completed his GTP. After four years at Merchant Taylors’ School as a PE Teacher, he then went on New Hall School in Chelmsford in the UK for three years where he filled the Head of Rugby position. Ryan decided he would prefer a slightly warmer climate and accepted a post as PE Coordinator at the Canggu Community School in Bali where he has spent the last four years.

Ryan believes that sport has the ability to produce some of the finest characteristics in a person and this can help shape the way they will live their lives. It is this belief that reflects the way he teaches and his commitment to his school and its students.

On a personal level Ryan played rugby for Bath University 1st XV (2002-2005). Besides rugby he enjoys keeping fit in the gym, hiking and whilst in Bali he ‘dusted off’ his surfboard and enjoyed his surfing.

Shane Hambling

Shane Hambling

Combermere Housemaster (Prep School) / Swimming Coach
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Shane Hambling

Having previously taught at Wellington Tianjin, when Shane Hambling heard the news that he secured a position at Wellington Shanghai, his first comment was: “I am coming home, home to Wellington and to China.” His previous experience working and living in China, a fascinating, fast-paced and exciting country, left him wanting more. He believes that to have the opportunity to live and work in what is arguably one of the greatest city in the world is a rare privilege and one that offers unique challenges and adventures.

Shane is a qualified STA swim teacher and his previous international postings beside Tianjin, China included also Doha, Qatar. The Wellington swim department aims to develop techniques, fitness and passion not just for competitive swimming but also for a lifelong passion for all things aquatics for younger pupils, from those who are just learning to swim, all the way through to the elite swim squad members.

Sean Karem

Sean Karem

Head Tennis Coach
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Sean Karem

Sean Karam hails from Australia and is our resident tennis coach. He began playing tennis when he was 7 years old and quickly rose to rank number 1 in the 12, 14 and 16s age group. He was the youngest ATP ranking achiever at 15 years old. “In my younger years I had many victories over some very fine players such as Todd Woodbridge, who was one of the greatest double player at the time, and young Andre Agassi.”

His coaching career began when he was quite young and is primarily focused on working with children and teenagers. His pupils achieved high distinctions in tennis, 5 of them ranked number 1 in the Australia Juniors team. He also worked with Tennis Australia as Head Coach for the Junior touring team, then for 3 years as a National and Davis cup coach for Lebanon. Sean is brings his experience and knowledge to Wellington to raise the bar in International School tennis.

Grace Wang

Grace Wang

PE Teacher
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Grace Wang

Grace joined Wellington College International Shanghai as a swimming teacher in 2015. Currently she holds ASA Level 1&2 certificates and a lifesaving certificate. She has been teaching Early Years swimming lessons, swim CCAs and in the swim Academy.

Grace was a competitive swimmer during her childhood. Her enthusiasm for swimming has been passed on to the next generation when she met her husband who was also a competitive swimmer in the Italian national team, as her whole family is now enthusiastically engaged in swimming.

All her three children love swimming and are involved in different aquatics activities. Grace loves to inspire and motivate the children through her chosen area of sport. She believes swimming is one of the most beneficial sports for children. She would like to bring to Wellington College International Shanghai not only her teaching experience and knowledge but also her passion and enthusiasm for swimming.

White Wang

White Wang

PE Teacher
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White Wang

White graduated from Tianjin Normal University in English and accounting, holding the Chinese national education certificate of pedagogy and educational psychology up to Senior High School level and Mandarin (Level A). He is also a certificated life guard and when he was a teenager he obtained 6th place in city of Tianjin as a shot-putter. White was coached by a former national badminton coach for two years. Now he has a PGCE from Durham University in the subject of PE.

His key interests include not only a wide range of sports, such as golf, badminton, tennis, football and swimming, but also travelling, aviation and reading.

Currently, White is on the third year of his education career at Wellington College International Shanghai, working in the PE department. He really enjoys sharing his life experiences, especially in sports, to inspire children and young people in establishing their own distinguished attitude towards sport. White believes sport can, and will, make children happier by embracing physical fitness, personal development and a greater sense of team spirit.

Daniel Tuitt

Daniel Tuitt

PE Teacher
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Daniel Tuitt

After graduating from Brunel University Daniel began his teaching career in 2011 as a Secondary School Physical Education teacher with responsibilities for the provision and inclusive education for those with Special Educational Needs, using the National Curriculum for England and Wales until 2014.

From 2014 until present Daniel have been Head of Department at a Preparatory School and a State School for the last four years, teaching Early Years to Key Stage two, developing relevant curriculums and teaching across all areas.

Daniel has a passion for all areas the Physical Education Curriculum whether it be at Early years or at GCSE and he aims to give pupils the opportunities to develop their essential skills and to play competitively at all levels.

Craig Northedge

Craig Northedge

Wellesley Housemaster (Senior School)/ PE Teacher
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Craig Northedge

Craig studied a four-year BA (Hons) Degree in Physical Education with Qualified Teacher Status at the University of Brighton. He taught in the UK for 10 years before deciding to teach abroad and has now been working in Shanghai for the last six years. During Craig’s 16 years of teaching, he has taken on roles such as Head of Boys PE, Deputy Head of Middle School, Head of Year, Head of House and now as Housemaster for Wellesley.

Football, Rugby, Cricket and Judo, were all sports that Craig played during his younger years both in school and at representative level for Jersey – competing in national and international tournaments and competitions. Football was Craig ‘s ultimate passion and as he grew older, it became necessary to focus his dedication to this sport – playing at university and semi-professional level. Fitness and sport will always play a huge part in Craig ‘s life and indeed. Over the last six years in Shanghai Craig has turned his hand to Boxing – regularly training and coaching the sport in this amazing city.

Sara Chen

Sara Chen

PE Teaching Assistant
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Sara Chen