Chef de Mission for Glasgow 2014 Games: Cardigan Connor
Cardy, as he’s affectionately known, was educated in Anguilla and left his home island in 1976 to join his mother in England and to attend the Langley College in Buckinghamshire, England.
Cardy is an accomplished cricketer who played professional cricket for the Buckinghamshire and Hampshire cricket teams. In 1979 Cardy was signed by the Buckinghamshire County Cricket Club and remained there for five years playing in the Minor Counties Championships.
Eventually he was spotted by former Hampshire cricket chairman, Charlie Knott, who signed him for the 1984 season with the Hampshire County Cricket Club. Cardy made his first class debut for Hampshire against Somerset on the 30 May 1984 (Anguilla Day), making him the 1st first class cricketer from Anguilla, this being his 1st of 221first class matches for the club. That same year Cardy made his List-A debut against Nottinghamshire in the John Player Special League. He would go on to play 300 one-day matches for the club.
Cardy was a member of the 1988 Benson and Hedges Cup Hampshire team, taking 2 wickets in the final at Lord’s.
Again in 1991 Cardy was a member of the Hampshire winning team in the 1991 Nat West Trophy where he took three wickets, including that of future England batsman Graham Thorpe for 93.
In 1992 Cardy went on to play for Hampshire in the Benson and Hedges Cup, beating Kent, and taking a single wicket in the match.
In 1994 at the age of 33, Cardy was named the Hampshire Cricket Society Player of the Year.
At the age of 35, with his right-arm fast-medium bowling style, Cardy achieved his career best with 9 wickets for 38 runs against Gloucestershire in the 1996 County Championship.
Cardy made his final first class appearance for Hampshire in a County Championship match against Derbyshire in 1998. In total Cardy took over 1,000 wickets for Hampshire.
On 11 June 1999, Cardy decided to retire and return to his native island of Anguilla, where he is currently employed at Cap Juluca Hotel as the Activities Manager, and still finds time to participate in coaching cricket to the youth of the island.
The Chef de Mission is responsible for the whole team at the Games, so with Cardy’s calm and likeable disposition, we could not want for a better person. He will be attending the Chef de Mission Seminar in Glasgow between 28 – 31 January 2014.