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Our 2015 Pride

Thursday, 24.Dec.2015

Jacob Hiscock

Jacob Hiscock

  • Age: 22
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: Winchester
  • Project participation: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa

Bio

“I massively enjoy my work as a remedial personal trainer and sports coach, as it gives me huge satisfaction to interact with people, helping them to progress. To use sport, exercise and, for the next few months, rugby, as a medium for development is a thrill and a privilege.”

Proud achievement

Over the last two years Jake and his former college team mates have taken part in a marathon cycle challenge at the Twickenham leg of the Sevens World Series. On static bikes they ride from John o’ Groats to Land’s End, from the first whistle to the last, over the two day event. So far, they’ve raised over £10,000 for two children’s charities and a rugby injury charity.

Fun fact

Jake and his brothers used to have hair like the band Hanson. He admits it’s “terrible looking back, I have never lived it down… but we did look fabulous!”

Favourite sporting moment

“I am English after all, so it has to be the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final and Jonny Wilkinson being a hero, dropping a goal in extra time.”

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Jacob Hiscock

Christopher Leffler

Christopher Leffler

  • Age: ‘Forever young’
  • Nationality: American
  • Hometown: Las Vegas
  • Project participation: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa

Bio

Christopher is now in his third career as a teacher and USA Rugby coach. Since 2010 he’s participated and promoted the USA Sevens Adopt-A-Country programme and is the creator of the Be Kind, Play Rugby initiative, which teaches life skills through rugby. Christopher also coaches Islands Rugby, as well as youth flag rugby 7s, with 16 mixed and all-girl teams.

Proud achievement

“The birth of my son. I will be forever grateful.”

Fun fact

“With the experiences gained through this mission, I hope to eventually declare that I’ve lived not just a good life, but a great one; one which helps to build the ‘kind’ of legacy I want to one day leave behind.”

Favourite sporting moment

“The excitement I see time and again on a child’s face when introduced to rugby for the first time, along with the new found appreciation for the sport and its values… all evident by one look, one smile and one gracious exchange reciprocated between player and coach.”

More great photos of Christopher…

Christopher Leffler

Jan Westerholz

Jan Westerholz

  • Age: 33
  • Nationality: German
  • Hometown: Bielefeld
  • Project participation: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa

Bio

Jan graduated in sport science and recently handed in his PhD thesis. During his years at university Jan travelled Europe and Morocco by train, cycled through the Czech Republic and Austria, studied in Wisconsin, sold toys in Toronto and researched for a summer in Tel Aviv.

Proud achievement

Handing in his PhD thesis on his dad’s 66th birthday.

Fun fact

“A big fan of Mexican goalkeeper Jorge Campos at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, I’ve wanted to get my hands on one of his colourful football jerseys ever since seeing him play. Almost impossible to find, I eventually secured one on eBay in 2013, 19 years on.”

Favourite sporting moment

“Germany’s 7-1 semi-final crushing defeat of hosts, Brazil, at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.”

Sune Dogan

Sune Dogan

  • Age: 29
  • Nationality: Danish
  • Hometown: Munkebo
  • Project participation: Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania

Bio

“After 15 years as a handball fanatic, both as a player and a youth coach, I started playing rugby, aged 22. I enjoy developing myself personally and achieving my goals. Job-wise, I work as an IT-Consultant.”

Proud achievement

Sune completed the Copenhagen Marathon in 2012. He’s running the Hamburg Marathon this year.

Fun fact

“I like watching the occasional romantic comedy!”

Favourite sporting moment

“Beating Århus, the best team in Denmark, proving just how far belief and team spirit can take you.”

Cameron Dunn

Cameron Dunn

  • Age: 19
  • Nationality: Scottish
  • Hometown: Dunfermline
  • Project participation: Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania

Bio

“I play for Dunfermline RFC and I’m a former community coach for the Scottish Rugby Union. I’m a big fan of a wide range of music, from blues to rock to metal. I hate cold weather.”

Proud achievement

“Working as a modern apprentice in Scotland; it was an incredible year.”

Fun fact

Cameron can play the drums!

Favourite sporting moment

“Being selected to represent and play for the regional Fife U15 and U16 squads.”

Gabrielle Jackson

Gabrielle Jackson

  • Age: 19
  • Nationality: Scottish
  • Hometown: Edinburgh
  • Project participation: Uganda and Kenya

Bio

Gabrielle has been an apprentice coach for the Scottish Rugby Union for just under two years, though she’s been coaching for over 4 years.

“I know that this experience will take me outside my comfort zone and I am so excited about being a part of Bhubesi Pride’s 2015 Team!”

Proud achievement

Gabrielle ran with the Queens Baton for Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Fun fact

“When I was four years old I was playing outside with my best friend when I managed to lift a drain cover and I thought it would be adventurous to go down it. Our neighbour however, in a panic, ran for my parents who eventually pulled me out. The drains in my cul-de-sac were cemented shut after that!”

Favourite sporting moment

“Representing Scotland Rugby at U18 level.”

Sangwa Yannick

Sangwa Yannick

  • Age: 28
  • Nationality: Rwandan
  • Hometown: Kigali
  • Project participation: Uganda and Kenya

Bio

Sangwa began his rugby career in 2005 when he was at high school. Since then, he’s gone from strength to strength, playing representative rugby for his college, with his first club Lion de Fer, for the junior national side between 2005 and 2012 and, since 2013, Sangwa’s played for the Rwandan national team.

Proud achievement

“Being the co-founder, along with my rugby teammates, of Thousand Hills RFC.”

Fun fact

“I initiated the Rwandan Rugby Magazine Facebook page!”

Favourite sporting moment

“When I was selected to represent Rwanda at the Safaricom Sevens in Nairobi, Kenya… I scored my first try for my country and heard my name announced on SuperSport, as I came up on the big screen!”

Oliver Johnson-Walker

Oliver Johnson-Walker

  • Age: 27
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: Frimley
  • Project participation: Kenya and Tanzania

Bio

Oliver was born during hurricane-force winds of the 1987 Great Storm, when earlier that day BBC weatherman Michael Fish famously claimed of the potential threat of one, “don’t worry, there isn’t”. Part of a small, close-knit family who believe in the value of education and life experiences, Oliver’s been volunteering for 12 years and playing rugby for 22 years. He balances his studies with fitness, rugby and, whenever possible, skiing.

Proud achievement

“At my third attempt I achieved a first class honours degree.”

Fun fact

Oliver is building a BSA Bantam motorbike.

Favourite sporting moment

“A rugby tour to Blackpool when I was 16. All it did for the entire week was rain… One of the best tours ever!”

Carille Guthrie

Carille Guthrie

  • Age: 34
  • Nationality: American
  • Hometown: Chicago
  • Project participation: Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa

Bio

15 years ago, Carille started playing rugby on a whim at college. She now works for Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) as a Construction and Logistics Manager. When not on assignment, Carille coaches school rugby and plays for the Houston Athletic Rugby Club.

Proud achievement

“I recently carried out an assignment in Liberia helping to design a standardised layout for Ebola Care Management Centres.”

Fun fact

“When I was a kid, I wanted to be a racing car driver when I grew up!”

Favourite sporting moment

“Watching New Zealand win the 2011 RWC in Auckland.”

Imogen Hitchcock

Imogen Hitchcock

  • Age: 33
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: Lausanne
  • Project participation: Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa

Bio

“More used to watching from the sideline, I was introduced to the dark arts of the front row at the age of 22. After five years, a little older and a bit broken, a move to Switzerland meant a switch to touch rugby. I’m extremely excited about making a start on my next adventure.”

Proud achievement

“Whether it’s your first try or the look on your opposition’s face when she sees you move from winger to prop… There are so many highlights from my years in sport, it’s impossible to pick just one.”

Fun fact

Imogen’s represented two different countries in two different sports; neither of which being her place of birth.

Favourite sporting moment

“Even after all these years, it’s still got to be Jonny [Wilkinson] and ‘that’ kick.”

William Manhire

William Manhire

  • Age: 19
  • Nationality: English/Canadian
  • Hometown: Kingston upon Thames
  • Project participation: Malawi, Zambia and Botswana

Bio

“I love rugby, keeping fit, eating well and listening to music. I’m really looking forward to my time with Bhubesi Pride visiting schools in Africa. I have four university offers for September, but can’t decide which to opt for!”

Proud achievement

William has represented the U18 and U20 Canada national teams.

Fun fact

“When I was born I was referred to a paediatrician because my head size was in the 99th percentile for babies.”

Favourite sporting moment

“2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver in the men’s gold medal ice hockey final, seeing Canada beat USA 3-2.”

Daniel Caine

Daniel Caine

  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: Scottish
  • Hometown: Paisley
  • Project participation: Malawi, Zambia and Botswana

Bio

Daniel was born in Inverness and lived there for eight years before moving to Paisley. He studied at Castlehead High School until 2013 before going straight into a modern apprenticeship scheme with the Scottish Rugby Union, where he’s currently carrying out his second year.

Proud achievement

“Simply having the opportunity to work in the rugby industry.”

Fun fact

“I like to travel. I’ve seen much of Europe with my dad.”

Favourite sporting moment

“Watching Glasgow beating Munster to reach the final of Pro 12 in 2014.”

Daniel Lantos

Daniel Lantos

  • Age: 21
  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Hometown: St. John’s
  • Project participation: Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa

Bio

Daniel is currently completing his bachelor of business administration (BBA) degree at Memorial University and he hopes to go to Law School. He enjoys playing and coaching rugby, as well as spending time with friends, and travelling.

Proud achievement

“Getting selected to play for the U19 Canadian national team. I always wanted to get a chance to wear my country’s jersey. After a lot of hard work, support and the excellent coaching I received, I was eventually given that opportunity.”

Fun fact

“I almost decided against going to my very first rugby practice in grade 10. Thanks to some persistent convincing from a good friend I went along in the end. I owe him for that!”

Favourite sporting moment

“Winning our high school rugby finals in grade 12. We had an awesome coach and had come up short in previous years. A lot of very close friends of mine played on that team. We had won the championship before and it was great to bring the cup back to our school and get the win for our coach!

Wordsworth Rashid

Wordsworth Rashid

  • Age: 43
  • Nationality: Malawian
  • Hometown: Lilongwe
  • Project participation: Malawi, Zambia and Botswana

Bio

Wordsworth was born and brought up in Malawi. He’s loved sports since a young boy and played football and netball in his neighbourhood and schools. Rugby was actually the sport Wordsworth most enjoyed watching on TV, even before he was introduced to playing and coaching touch rugby with Bhubesi Pride in 2011.

Wordsworth attended secondary school at Bilila and Lilongwe Teachers College from 1989 to 1999. He went to Montfort Special Needs Education College in 2006 and pursued a certificate in the teaching of the visually impaired. With the help of LifeNets International, he went to the National College of Information Technology in 2007/’08 and pursued a London NCC Diploma in Computer Studies. He’s worked as a teacher since 1994.

Proud achievement

“I have benefited from, had lots of fun and gained much experience from my school and working life, from coordinating Bhubesi Pride projects, working with children and adults, coaching touch and tag rugby and providing life skills education. I am honoured to join this year’s expedition to work and interact with young people in Malawi, Zambia and Botswana.”

Fun fact

“I enjoy supporting young people under the age of 7, the elderly and people with disabilities.”

Favourite sporting moment

“Getting onto the pitch, every year since 2011, for Bhubesi Prides’s organised tournament days! They’re always so unique and they surpass my expectations. It was also great to enable the inclusion of learners with special educational needs during Bhubesi Pride’s activities last year!”

Johnathan Cullen

Johnathan Cullen

  • Age: 21
  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Hometown: Hampton
  • Project participation: Zambia, Botswana and Namibia

Bio

“I grew up in a small town on the east coast of Canada. I played hockey, lacrosse and soccer when I was younger and I didn’t discover rugby until my first year of high school. Since then, my passion for the sport has grown and the game has become a significant part of my life.”

Proud achievement

“Representing Atlantic Canada at the U19 Canadian Rugby Championship national festival in 2014.”

Fun fact

Away from the field, Johnathan enjoys playing the guitar.

Favourite sporting moment

“Beating our rival university – the University of New Brunswick – for the first time in eight seasons.”

Justin Robar

Justin Robar

  • Age: 20
  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Hometown: Geary
  • Project participation: Zambia, Botswana and Namibia

Bio

Currently attending university to qualify as a social worker, Justin’s long-term goal is to specialise in working with children. He’s been playing rugby for six years at various levels and has represented his province at national tournaments. Justin also enjoys many other sports including American football, snowboarding and hockey.

Proud achievement

“Winning ‘most improved male athlete’ of the year for rugby and American football at my high school.”

Fun fact

“I love cooking!”

Favourite sporting moment

“Winning Oromocto High School’s fourth straight provincial championship in my senior year.”

Edward Cave

Edward Cave

  • Age: 22
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: London
  • Project participation: Namibia and South Africa

Bio

“I’m currently studying economics at The University of St Andrews, where I spend the majority of my time on the golf course. I went to school at Dulwich College where I played most of my rugby, also taking part in an unbeaten tour to New Zealand.”

Proud achievement

“A foursomes golf match; battling back from 5 down with 6 to play, winning on the final hole.”

Fun fact

Edward’s done the St Andrews May Dip.

Favourite sporting moment

“The Miracle at Medinah, the final day of the 2012 Ryder Cup.”

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith

  • Age: 19
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: Alton
  • Project participation: Namibia and South Africa

Bio

Joshua is currently studying a sports course in his final year at college. He’s planning on attending university in September to study sports science. Joshua plays rugby for London Scottish Academy, represents Hampshire Rugby and he also coaches the juniors at Alton RFC.

Proud achievement

“The first time I was selected for the Hampshire U15 rugby squad. It’s not my highest achievement, but it was the first time I gained recognition for the hard work I was putting in.”

Fun fact

“I get lifted at the lineout… but I’m scared of heights.”

Favourite sporting moment

“The 2003 Rugby World Cup final with my family and friends when I was 7. It’s my earliest memory of watching elite level rugby. As a result of England’s success, I joined my local rugby club shortly afterwards and never looked back.”

David Griffiths

David Griffiths

  • Age: 22
  • Nationality: Welsh
  • Hometown: Llanelli
  • Project participation: Namibia and South Africa

Bio

David is currently in his final year on the BSc (Hons) sports coaching and performance (top-up) course at the University of South Wales. He’s coached and played at Felinfoel RFC and has worked voluntarily for the Welsh Rugby Union and Cardiff Blues, delivering rugby sessions at secondary schools in and around Cardiff. This year he’s working with Cardiff City Football Club U18s, assisting with strength and conditioning. David was on Bhubesi Pride’s 2014 team and he’s heading back to Namibia and SA!

Proud achievement

“Completing the London Marathon for the charity, Children With Leukaemia.”

Fun fact

“On my very first camping trip, when it got to bedtime I pulled out my sleeping bag only to discover what I had bought was for children aged no older than 10. It was dark, close to freezing temperatures and we were in the middle of nowhere! I learnt from that.”

Favourite sporting moment

“Wales’ Six Nations Grand Slam in 2012.”

Michael Connor

Michael Connor

  • Age: 21
  • Nationality: Welsh
  • Hometown: Pontypridd
  • Project participation: Namibia and South Africa

Bio

“I’m a fun, energetic guy who likes to play and coach the game of rugby. I love both rugby union and rugby league. I study at the same uni as David, the University of South Wales.”

Proud achievement

Michael captained Wales’ U20 rugby league team to a win over the English Lions.

Fun fact

“I like jelly babies, a lot!”

Favourite sporting moment

“Scoring a try for GB students in South Africa and winning all three tests.”

Angus Murphy

Angus Murphy

  • Age: 20
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: Peterborough
  • Project participation: South Africa

Bio

Angus attended Oundle School in Northamptonshire. A rugby enthusiast, he hasn’t been able to play competitively for two years due to repeated torn knee ligaments. Now at Durham University, he’s studying History and Spanish.

Proud achievement

“Reaching the 2010 quarter final of the Daily Mail Cup.”

Fun fact

Angus is a keen violinist and pianist.

Favourite sporting moment

“Either the Lions’ demolition of Australia in the third test in 2013 or Shane Williams’ final game for Wales, scoring in the dying minutes of the game.”

Dominic Munns

Dominic Munns

  • Age: 22
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: London
  • Project participation: South Africa

Bio

Dominic has recently graduated from the University of York, having studied economics. He’s now taking a gap year, staying in Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia, before joining Bhubesi Pride’s 2015 team in June. Dominic’s played rugby from an early age and is a keen follower of Super Rugby.

Proud achievement

“In my final year at university I captained my hockey team to league promotion.”

Fun fact

Dominic was chess champion at his primary school.

Favourite sporting moment

“It’s got to be… Jonny Wilkinson’s drop goal.”

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