Our Athletes Arul Suppiah Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, at the tender age of 12 Arul moved to England to attend Millfield School and further his cricket career. He played for the school's cricket team between 1998 and 2001. He went on to make his debut for Malaysia in August 1999 at the age of 15, becoming the youngest player to play for Malaysia. In the Saudara Cup match against Singapore, he took a hat-trick, the only time this has happened in the 37-year history of the fixture. In 2002 he made his first class debut for Somerset in and established himself as an opener, also providing useful left-arm spin. This spin option produced a world record best Twenty20 bowling figures at the time, recording 6 for 5 from 3.4 overs for Somerset against Glamorgan at Cardiff. He followed this up with a career best first-class innings of 156 against India (ranked number one at that time), in the touring side's warm-up match before the Test series against England in 2011. Unfortunately, in 2013 Arul was forced to quit professional cricket because of injury after spending his entire professional cricket career with Somerset since 2001. Since retiring from cricket, Arul has been a Director of Cricket and Teacher at Queen’s College, Taunton where he also taught Business Studies and Accounting at GCSE and A-Levels. Currently Arul works for Shaw Trust as an Enterprise Assistant. Shaw Trust is a charity helping to transform the lives of one million young people and adults each year, supporting people to develop their potential and live independently. What attracted Arul to the programme: Being a teacher allowed me to make a difference in the lives of many students by helping them realise their potential. I felt a sense of satisfaction as I supported young people with a variety of abilities, aiming to provide a greater opportunity to help them realise their potential, and do so in an enjoyable manner. I want to share the knowledge and experience gained over my careers, and continue working towards development and building leadership amongst others. I have been volunteering for the Shaw Trust for the past nine months, and recently started a part time job with them. Shaw Trust is a charity helping to transform the lives of one million young people and adults each year, supporting people to develop their potential and live independently. Through a wide variety of work activity, I help (through guidance and support) create training and employment opportunities for disabled people and people who are currently not in work. It gives me great satisfaction to provide support to service users to maximise both their wellbeing and opportunities for development. I myself experienced difficult times during my school days, however, I came through it with an abundance of determination and resilience. I would like to share my knowledge and experience to aspiring buddies that there is always a way to get to the other side. Competitive Record 2013 - Awarded a Benefit Year for 13 years of loyal service and contribution to Somerset County Cricket Club. 2012 - Passed 5000 First Class runs 2011 - Career best of 156 against India who were then ranked world number one team. 2011 – Former World Record Holder in Twenty20 cricket with bowling figures of 6 wickets for 5 runs from 3.4 overs vs Glamorgan at Swalec Stadium on 5th July 2011. 2011 – Represented Somerset County Cricket Club at the International Twenty20 Club Championship tournament in India, reaching the semi-finals. 2009 - Scored over 1000 championship runs for Somerset County Cricket Club. 2009 - Awarded County Cap for Somerset County Cricket Club 1999 - Debut for Malaysia in August, age of 15, youngest player to ever do so.