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Our 2017 Pride: See you back in Africa!

Friday, 15.Dec.2017

Bhubesi Pride Foundation would like to thank all of its 2017 Pride members for their committed contributions this year.

We look forward to seeing you all back in Africa… some of you are already joining us again in 2018 and 2019. See you there!

Piers Mitchell – Project Manager

Piers Mitchell

Key info

  • Age: 52
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: Rural North Yorkshire
  • Project participation: Rugby in Africa 2017 | Project Manager

Bio

Sport and travel have been a huge part of Piers’ life, although both had to be partially sacrificed for a while as he built his business. Having successfully sold his main company, Piers has been lucky enough to indulge more time in sport, travel and the community, including playing 10s in Dubai and coaching rugby in beautiful Rwanda.

Proud Achievement

Piers is proud father to his wonderful son and daughter, Cameron and Deia. And… he’s played touch rugby for England!

Piers’ goal

“As Project Manager, I want to ensure the most enjoyable and rewarding time for our Pride members, while also taking an active part in coaching. Bhubesi Pride Foundation is a very special charity and this expedition will bring a huge amount of fun and learning to all those involved… most importantly the children and the wider community.”

Rory McGee – Project Manager

Rory McGee

Key Info

  • Age: 26
  • Nationality: Scottish
  • Hometown: Troon
  • Project participation: Rugby in Africa 2017 & Southern Africa Rugby Explorer 2017 | Project Manager

Bio

Rory is returning to join the Pride as Project Manager for Rugby in Africa 2017 and the inaugural Southern Africa Rugby Explorer project, having first worked with the charity in 2016 for the entire Rugby in Africa expedition as a volunteer coach. At home, Rory works as a Development Officer for Scottish Rugby and Marr Rugby.

Proud achievement

Managing the first tournament day in Nairobi on BPF’s RiA 2016 expedition, alongside fellow Pride member Jim Bushby.

“It was a fantastic experience to see so many children and adults getting involved and enjoying themselves. A great way to start an incredible project.”

Rory’s goal

“I’m hoping to use my experience from last year to help the Pride deliver yet another inspiring and successful project, which can be built upon for years to come.”

Alastair Olivier – Media Producer

Ali Olivier

Key Info

  • Age: 20
  • Nationality: Scottish
  • Hometown: London
  • Project participation: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana | Media Producer

Bio

Ali was born in South Africa and grew up in Scotland. He studied cinematography at the NFTS before moving to London to pursue a career in filming. He currently plays rugby for London Scottish Academy and enjoys travelling, meeting new people and exploring new places.

Proud Achievement

Winning ‘Best Cinematography’ at the First Act Film Festival in Glasgow for a short film he directed.

Ali’s goal

“To make the most of the opportunity to gain a new perspective, meet new people and travel across Africa, while contributing to the amazing work of Bhubesi Pride Foundation – it’s incredibly exciting.”

Henry Mame – Media Producer

Henry Mame

Key Info

  • Age: 28
  • Nationality: English (Kenyan born)
  • Hometown: London
  • Project participation: Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Malawi | Media Producer

Bio

Born in Kenya, Henry moved to London at the age of six. He has always had an interest in media. Henry studied graphic design, moving into photography and film. He is also interested in sport and ran the London Marathon in 2013 – his first race! Henry’s run several half marathons since.

Proud Achievement

Henry’s personal highlight has been helping young people through his work both directly and indirectly. He runs ‘help’ workshops and mentors young people interested in media.

Henry’s goal

“I am so excited to meet a variety of different people, from Pride members to the young children who participate in the charity’s work. I hope they are excited too!”

Sebastian Peter

Sebastian Peter

Key info

  • Age: 28
  • Nationality: German
  • Hometown: Amberg
  • Project participation: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa

Bio

Sebastian (or ‘Basti’) loves sports in general but rugby changed his life. The sport itself – and the people around the game – have become his major focus. Through his studies, Sebastian was able to play at different clubs all over the world, providing amazing experiences.

Proud achievement

Playing in the semi-final of the German Rugby Union Championship and representing Germany in the National Rugby League Team.

Basti’s goal

“Helping children and people to develop. I hope I can influence the people I meet in a positive way and bring joy to their lives through our great sport.”

Johanna Waide

Johanna Waide

Key info

  • Age: 27
  • Nationality: Australian
  • Hometown: Sydney
  • Project participation: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa

Bio

Jo studied Public Communication at the University of Technology in Sydney and has since worked mainly in the healthcare sector. Jo is motivated by contributing to projects that make a difference in the community and is happiest when her free time is spent exploring the great outdoors – in Australia and abroad.

Proud achievement

Helping to raise awareness about some of Australia’s key health issues… and joining Bhubesi Pride Foundation for the full 2017 expedition, despite never having played rugby! Maximising specific professional expertise, Jo will be assisting Bhubesi Pride Foundation and G4S Africa, alongside the charity’s coaching program.

Jo’s goal

“I’m passionate about improving community health and believe participating in sports is a one-stop way a person can help meet their fitness, social and emotional wellbeing needs.”

Sofia Domingos

Sofia Domingos

Key info

  • Age: 30
  • Nationality: Portuguese
  • Hometown: Portalegre
  • Project participation: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa

Bio

Sofia started to play rugby in 2008. With her studies in Sports Science completed, coaching and playing rugby became an important part of her life, impacting on her decision to move to Dublin in 2014. Since then Sofia has been playing flanker for Old Belvedere.

Proud achievement

Being selected as Player of the Year in CRU Portalegre and later in Caldas RC and winning the AIL (All Ireland League) in 2014 in Old Belvedere.

Sofia’s goal

“I’m so looking forward to this expedition and to coach and share all the rugby values I have learnt over the years. I believe it will change people’s lives and this experience will definitely change mine.”

Timothy Tunnicliff

Timothy Tunnicliff

Key Info

  • Age: 40
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: London
  • Project participation: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia

Bio

Tim is currently having a year away from his job as a firefighter. He is using his time wisely by travelling to amazing places. He is retired from playing rugby but is now coaching. Tim used to be an ‘old player’ but is now a ‘young coach’.

Proud achievement

As a youth, Tim made the National Final of the Peter Shilton ‘Golden Goalie’ competition.

Tim’s goal

“The Pride provides a perfect recipe for me. It involves travelling, rugby and helping people. I can’t wait to get started and meet my fellow Pride members.”

Iain Gallagher

Iain Gallagher

Key info

  • Age: 19
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Hometown: Dublin
  • Project participation: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa

Bio

Iain is taking a gap year to travel with the Pride before going to Trinity College, Dublin to study Business, Economics and Social Studies. Iain has been a rugby fanatic all his life, playing for his school, St Gerard’s and for Greystones RFC from U16s to U20s, currently as a typically cheeky no. 9.

Proud achievement

Winning the Leinster U17 cup with Greystones and coaching the Greystones Seagulls Special Needs side over the course of the season has been a rugby highlight.

Iain’s goal

“I look forward to working with the Pride, promoting rugby and its values with communities across Africa. I will really enjoy meeting people throughout the project from all over the continent.”

Lewis MacFarlane

Lewis MacFarlane

Key info

  • Age: 19
  • Nationality: Scottish
  • Hometown: Oban
  • Project participation: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa

BMF Bursary Awarded Place

Bio

Brought up on the West Coast of Scotland, Lewis went to high school in Oban where he began to play rugby, participating throughout his six years there. Lewis then went on to work on a Modern Apprenticeship program with Scottish Rugby.

Proud achievement

Lewis reached the National Bowl semi final and scored in every game to help in his team’s success… and also making his debut for the senior teams.

Lewis’ goal

“My personal goal with the Pride is to improve as a coach, to learn about different cultures and to travel within different countries of great interest to me.”

Oliver Beattie

Oliver Beattie

Key info

  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: Kingsbridge
  • Project participation: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa

Bio

Following A level success at Kingsbridge Sixth Form College, Olie is working full time whilst also coaching younger players at his local rugby club, sharing his rugby knowledge to inspire – with a view to making a career in the game. He feels his African experience will help him grow in confidence.

Proud achievement

Leading his team twice to the National Cup Quarter Finals and being awarded senior top try scorer in his second year of Colts, scoring 36 tries.

Oliver’s goal

“I hope to learn and gain as much experience as I can from new people and new cultures around me. I am really looking forward to being part of something so big.”

Callum O’Regan

Callum O'Regan

Key info

  • Age: 24
  • Nationality: Irish/British
  • Hometown: Croydon
  • Project participation: Kenya and Uganda

Bio

Callum has been serving in the Royal Signals for the last four and a half years. He is currently finishing his last year of service in the Army before enrolling into university to study biochemistry. His passion is travelling, having covered most of Asia in the last few years.

Proud achievement

Callum’s proudest achievement was in 2013 when he completed the Mud Run and Tough Mudder with a few fellow soldiers, raising several hundred pounds for a veteran related charity.

Callum’s goal

“I am looking forward to developing my coaching and teaching skills. I am also very excited to experience a new culture and I hope to come away having learnt something new.”

Maia Tua Davidson

Maia Tua Davidson

Key info

  • Age: 31
  • Nationality: New Zealand
  • Hometown: Eketahuna
  • Project participation: Kenya and Uganda

Bio

Born and raised in New Zealand, Maia has had a lifetime of rugby experiences as a player and coach. She currently works as Program Manager for Welcome to the Game which helps young refugees connect with sport and their community as part of their settlement journey in Australia.

Proud achievement

Seeing the young girls Maia coaches reach the next level in their careers and watching new players make their first crunching tackles – nothing beats it!

Maia’s goal

“I can’t wait to see Africa, to be there, to experience each day and to share my passion for rugby and the inspirational power of sport.”

Ludolf von Dassel

Ludolf von Dassel

Key info

  • Age: 31
  • Nationality: German
  • Hometown: Hanover
  • Project participation: Kenya and Uganda

Bio

Ludolf works at the international office of the University of Hanover. He coordinates projects for international students and helps refugees get into the university. He has played rugby for the past five years for the rugby club Germania List and the university team, Unicorns, where he now also trains the beginners and the women.

Proud achievement

Ludolf is particularly proud to see the development and improvement of his beginners at each training session and very proud of their playing skills in their first matches.

Ludolf’s goal

“My goal is to learn as much as possible about coaching and about different cultures. I want to meet new friends and have a good time.”

Ian MacEachern

Ian MacEachern

Key info

  • Age: 38
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: London and Jersey
  • Project participation: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique

Bio

Tackling his mum aged 6 was the beginning of Ian’s love affair with rugby – then 22 years with Jersey, Hampshire Schools, Durham University & The Black BaaBaas before his body couldn’t keep up. Taking the summer off from Finance Directorship, Ian looks forward to his adventure with the Pride!

Proud achievement

Being in one of the first groups to graduate from Jersey minis to play for Hampshire Schools U18 (understudying for Jonny Wilkinson)… they now get up to 500 children every Sunday!

Ian’s goal

“My goal is to share my passion and enthusiasm for rugby whilst embracing and being open to the adventure, in order to unite communities, bring smiles and help everyone feel good.”

Jacques Burger

Jacques Burger

Key info

  • Age: 33
  • Nationality: Namibian
  • Hometown: Windhoek
  • Project participation: Kenya

Bio

Jacques was born and raised in beautiful Namibia. An ex pro rugby player and now amateur farmer, Jacques believes that work ethic and bravery will get you far. He loves his two children and wife more than anything in life.

Proud achievement

Jacques was part of the Blue Bulls squad that won the Currie Cup and SuperRugby campaign in 2008/2009. He won the Aviva Premiership three times and the European Championship once with Saracens… And he was Namibia’s team captain at the Rugby World Cup in 2007, 2011 and 2015.

Jacques’ goal

“I want to spread love through the game of rugby; inspire our youngsters and teach them the values of the game.”

Mary Musieka

Mary Musieka

Key Info

  • Age: 34
  • Nationality: Kenyan
  • Hometown: Nairobi
  • Project participation: Tanzania

BMF Bursary Awarded Place

Bio

Mary is a former professional rugby player for the Kenyan ladies national team, at both 15s and 7s. Mary enjoys playing and is enthusiastic about coaching children. Currently she is a head coach at Shamas Rugby Foundation. She enjoys travelling and meeting new people.

Proud achievement

Mary is proud of her professional achievements as a rugby player and feels very proud to see the children she coaches respond so well and go from strength to strength, growing in confidence.

Mary’s goal

“I am so pleased to be able to join the Pride and I look forward to learning from other Pride members and spreading my love of rugby in another country.”

Harry Jones

Harry Jones

Key info

  • Age: 21
  • Nationality: British/Australian
  • Hometown: Wellington (Somerset, UK)
  • Project participation: Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia

Bio

Harry was born in Northern Ireland and is both a British and Australian citizen. He enjoys a wide variety of sports and loves being active. Harry is now taking on new challenges to broaden his experience.

Proud achievement

Winning the Bell Prize in his final year of school for outstanding contribution to school sport.

Harry’s goal

“I aim to break out of my comfort zone and dedicate my time to helping others and hopefully develop my character as I progress.”

Paul Rendle

Paul Rendle

Key info

  • Age: 22
  • Nationality: Scottish
  • Hometown: Edinburgh
  • Project participation: Tanzania and Mozambique

Bio

After moving to a new school, Paul started playing rugby to meet people. He went on to play and study Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde. Having now graduated, Paul is taking time to travel before doing the ‘boring grown up stuff’.

Proud achievement

Getting man of the match during one of Paul’s tour games.

Paul’s goal

“I hope to spread more of the rugby ethos and discover local cultures and traditions in a part of the world I’ve never been to.”

Melanie Paaßen

Melanie Paaßen

Key info

  • Age: 33
  • Nationality: German
  • Hometown: Moers
  • Project participation: Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia

Bio

Melanie works in the financial sector and is responsible for the trainees in all administrative occupations. She has a coaching license Level C for the sport of Fistball and has trained a young female team for several years as a volunteer coach.

Proud achievement

Successfully completing three half marathons and a full marathon.

Melanie’s goal

“I am looking forward to being part of the Pride, promoting values in the community and helping to make the children I meet happy and successful. I’m also excited to get to know Africa.”

Richard French

Richard French

Key info

  • Age: 35
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: Chertsey
  • Project participation: Malawi, Zambia, Botswana

Bio

Richard has just left the British Army after 17 years due to a parachute accident. He played rugby for his regiment for his whole career and now, as his injury will prevent him from playing, he wants to start coaching to continue his love for the sport.

Proud achievement

Teaching anti-poaching to the Kenyan Park Rangers. Richard says, “It was amazing to be part of saving some of the world’s most incredible animals.”

Richard’s goal

“I am so excited to be returning to Africa and to be giving back to the continent that has given me so many memories over the years. I look forward to making many more.”

Kate McGregor

Kate McGregor

Key Info

  • Age: 30
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: London
  • Project participation: Malawi and Zambia

Bio

Born in Hong Kong, Kate lived in Asia until she was eleven when her family moved to the UK. She swam competitively at county and national level, through to university. Rugby has always been a big part of Kate’s life; her first game was at 6 months at the Hong Kong 7s! Kate now looks after a number of RFU sponsors at a sports marketing agency in London.

Proud achievement

After just four years into her marketing career, Kate was recognised within the industry as the PRCA’s Young Communicator of the Year.

Kate’s goal

“To meet new people from all walks of life, seeing the smiles on the faces as we bring people together through the sport!”

Jo Cremin

Jo Cremin

Key info

  • Age: 38
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: London
  • Project participation: Zambia, Botswana, Namibia

Bio

Jo works in London as a Sales and Account Director for CEB Global and has played rugby, in some form or another, since she was 14. Most recently, she’s been playing touch for London Galaxy and is assistant coach with South-East Taipans.

Proud achievement

Winning and defending the English National Touch Championship title as both a player and assistant coach with her regional squad, South-East Taipans.

Jo’s goal

“Playing rugby has given me some of my best friends, best moments and learning experiences. I’m lucky enough to have spent three years working with clients in Africa and experiencing the enthusiasm and energy that brings. Introducing young people to rugby as a positive life experience is my motivation.”

Tom Chaloba

Tom Chaloba

Key info

  • Age: 35
  • Nationality: Zambian
  • Hometown: Kabwe
  • Project participation: Zambia and Botswana

BMF Bursary Awarded Place

Bio

Tom is a keen rugby fan and is currently age grade manager for the Zambia Rugby Union. He is studying Sports Management. He loves working with children, travelling and learning new skills in teaching and learning. Tom has been influential in inspiring both Bhubesi Pride Foundation and G4S Zambia to support his continued work through rugby in Kabwe. The charity is in Kabwe twice in 2017.

Proud achievement

Two…! Tom’s debut for Zambia’s national 15s team, making the game-winning try in 2006 against Zimbabwe. And his award for contribution to the growth of youth rugby in Zambia, which led to his appointment as Get Into Rugby Zambia Manager.

Tom’s goal

“My motivation is ‘youth development’. Any opportunity for me to contribute is of great value. I hope to learn as much as possible from interaction with all Pride members.”

Alexa Lazanis

Alexa Lazanis

Key info

  • Age: 20
  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Hometown: Montreal
  • Project participation: Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa

Bio

Alexa was recruited to play rugby at 13 years old when her coach saw her tackling girls on the basketball court! She continued to play through high school and college while studying psychology. Later she returned to coach at her high school and became co-founder of her women’s team.

Proud achievement

Alexa joined an underdog team which went from winning the team’s first game to winning the Provincial Championship in just 2 years! “An unbelievable feeling!”

Alexa’s goal

“I am ecstatic to have this opportunity to share my love of rugby internationally. I hope to be inspired by the countries I visit and the people I will meet along the way.”

Marco Mama

Marco Mama

Key info

  • Age: 26
  • Nationality: Zimbabwean
  • Hometown: Harare
  • Project participation: Zambia and Botswana

Bio

Marco was born in Nigeria, grew up in Zimbabwe and currently lives and works in the UK. Marco attended Millfield School on a sports scholarship for his last two years of education and has since been playing professional rugby for Bristol and, now, Worcester.

Proud achievement

Winning the RFU Championship with Bristol.

Marco’s Goal

“I want to give back to the game and the continent that gave so much to me. I love the people of Africa and would like to see more opportunities given, to enable individuals to follow their passions.”

Josh Waley

Josh Waley

Key info

  • Age: 22
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: Kirkbymoorside
  • Project participation: Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, Malawi

Bio

Josh grew up in West Yorkshire playing rugby from the age of 7 for Ilkley Rugby Club. He played all through school up to 1st XV and has played for an intra-mural side at university for 4 years. He will be graduating from Edinburgh a matter of days before heading out to Africa to join the Pride.

Proud achievement

Coordinating a touch rugby match with 30 boys aged 8 to 10 at a school in Catalonia, Spain. They were new to the game and didn’t like some of the rules!

Josh’s goal

“I am really motivated to tackle rugby coaching in Africa and experience the continent for the first time. I have been privileged to travel extensively and new places always excite me.”

Toby Stolarow

Toby Stolarow

Key info

  • Age: 21
  • Nationality: French/Irish
  • Hometown: Rocquencourt
  • Project participation: Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia

Bio

Toby is in his final year of Management Science and Information System Studies. He has played many sports throughout his youth. He was first introduced to rugby by his brother and father and has since played and coached at his local rugby club in France.

Proud achievement

Toby is particularly proud of being involved as a coach with his U9s team who managed to obtain second place in a 24-team tournament.

Toby’s goal

“I hope to put smiles of many faces by sharing a moment with the communities with whom we work. I also want to have fun and return home with lifelong memories.”

Floyd Kesson

floyd-kesson

Key info

  • Age: 21
  • Nationality: Scottish
  • Hometown: Falkirk
  • Project participation: Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia

Bio

Floyd has been playing rugby for four years and during that time he has also enjoyed coaching the ‘minis’, including his brothers. Floyd is a UKCC Level 1 & 2 qualified rugby coach, he loves his rugby and respects the games’ values.

Proud achievement

Runner-up for Falkirk Community Trust school Sports Coach of the Year Award.

Floyd’s goal

“To become a PE teacher, play professional rugby or become a rugby coach at the highest level. My experience with the Pride will give me the confidence to achieve my ambitions.”

Max Rollason

Max Rollason

Key info

  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: Redditch
  • Project participation: Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi

Bio

Max was born in Solihull, moving to Redditch when he was six. He started playing rugby aged twelve and currently plays in the second row for Birmingham & Solihull. He is a proud supporter of Saracens and aims to join the forces on his return from Africa.

Proud achievement

Max coached and captained his school team which, having lost every rugby game the previous year, he took to the District Championship and won a silver medal at county level.

Max’s goal

“I’m looking forward to making many new friends from the Pride and the communities we visit, brought together by our love of rugby and by working as a team to make things better.”

Stacey Jones

Stacey Jones

Key info

  • Age: 26
  • Nationality: Welsh
  • Hometown: Cardiff
  • Project participation: South Africa, Botswana, Zambia

Bio

Stacey is a PE teacher and rugby coach in Southeast Asia. She started playing rugby at the University of Exeter who were champions at Twickenham.

Proud achievement

Stacey represented the Dragons Region in Wales and Bristol Ladies.

Stacey’s goal

“I’m so motivated to give back and provide people with opportunities to develop great values, whilst enjoying the amazing game of rugby.”

Rowan White

Rowan White

Key info

  • Age: 19
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: Oxford
  • Project participation: South Africa, Botswana, Zambia

Bio

Rowan was born in South Africa before moving to Oxfordshire after four years. She attended Magdalen College School and is now on a gap year ahead of studying Natural Sciences at Durham University. She started playing rugby aged 7 and now plays for Saracens and England U20s.

Proud achievement

Scoring her first international try against Canada at U18 level.

Rowan’s goal

“I hope to be able to remember my experience with the Pride and that one month of my work can have a significant and sustained impact on others’ loves and the communities.”

Benny Lynch

Benny Lynch

Key info

  • Age: 20
  • Nationality: Lithuanian/British
  • Hometown: Deal (Kent)
  • Project participation: Botswana and Zambia

BMF Bursary Awarded Place

Bio

Benediktas (Benny) is currently studying a degree in Rugby Coaching and Development at the University of South Wales. He is well travelled having lived in the United States, Ghana, and New Zealand. When not studying or coaching, Benny enjoys playing cricket and rugby.

Proud achievement

Making his debut as a 16 year old for the Aukland University Rugby Club’s under 20 team.

Benny’s goal

“I hope this experience can put me on the right track to being the best coach I can be.”

Freddie Mann

Freddie Mann

Key info

  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: Norwich
  • Project participation: Botswana, Zambia, Malawi

Bio

Fred has just completed his A levels at Culford School. He is taking a year out before going to university in 2018 to read accounting and finance. He plays rugby for Holt RFC and enjoys coaching his little brother’s team.

Proud achievement

Receiving his Green Blazer at school. This is given to only ten students who become prefects. He was also the 1st XV vice captain.

Fred’s goal

“Last summer I spent a life-changing month in Malawi teaching cricket, football and rugby to lots of amazing children who lived in remote villages. I am really looking forward to being given the opportunity with the Pride to teach rugby to more of Africa’s wonderful children.”

Arrain Hain

Arran Hain

Key info

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

BMF Bursary Awarded Place

Bio

Born and raised in Dunfermline, Arran is in his second year of a Modern Apprenticeship program with the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) in Sports and Leisure Management. He has been playing for Dunfermline Rugby Club for over 5 years and has also gained captaincy of the Colts team.

Proud achievement

Arran’s proudest achievement is getting a job with the SRU which involves sharing his great passion for rugby with children in local primary schools.

Arran’s goal

“I have always wanted to travel the world, whether playing or coaching rugby. I also want to experience different cultures and promote the sport to others.”

Timothy Hardie

Timothy Hardie

Key info

  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: Bristol
  • Project participation: Botswana, Zambia, Malawi

Bio

Tim has been playing rugby for 13 years and has just completed his A levels at Hartpury College. He aims to go to university to study sports psychology and continue playing, coaching and refereeing rugby at a high level, whilst experiencing different cultures around the world.

Proud achievement

Receiving the under-9 winners medals presented by NZ legend, Graham Mourie… And qualifying as a referee aged 14, becoming the youngest member of the Bristol Referees’ Society.

Tim’s goal

“I want to give back to the sport that has taught me so much and influence young people through a unique opportunity experiencing Africa.”

Harry Ryan

Harry Ryan

Key info

  • Age: 21
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: Henley-on-Thames
  • Project participation: Botswana and Zambia

Bio

Harry is studying Economics at Edinburgh University. Rugby has been in Harry’s DNA since his dad put him into under-6 club rugby – at the age of four. Throughout his playing days, rugby has taught Harry discipline and he’s established life-long friends.

Proud achievement

Running out at Murrayfield for Edinburgh University in the Scottish Varsity match. With over 10,000 people watching, the atmosphere was electric and made every part of Harry’s preparation worth it.

Harry’s goal

“I cannot wait to join the Pride. I aim to maintain high levels of enthusiasm while making as much of an impact as I possibly can, whether it be on the field coaching, or off the field with the local community.”

Luis Valer

Luis Valer

Key info

  • Age: 24
  • Nationality: Spanish
  • Hometown: Zaragoza
  • Project participation: Zambia and Malawi

Bio

Luis is a Spanish historian with two masters degrees from the University of Barcelona. Rugby is developing fast in Spain and Luis is contributing by using his wide experience and enthusiasm for the game. He co-founded the Ibero Rugby Zaragoza Club in his hometown. Luis loves sports and enjoys skiing, running, hiking, sailing and mountain biking.

Proud achievement

Luis is proud of both his playing and coaching achievements but one highlight is founding a new club in the city with old friends – Ibero Club de Rugby Zaragoza. He really enjoyed the opportunity to create something special and a club that feels like family.

Luis’s goal

“I want to learn from the team and be in touch with local Zambians and Malawians who I am sure can teach us many interesting things. Education through rugby…? That’s simply amazing!”

Kristin Wagler

Kristin Wagler

Key info

  • Age: 31
  • Nationality: German
  • Hometown: Berlin
  • Project participation: Zambia and Malawi

Bio

Kristin has lived in Finland, Belgium and the UK, before Berlin became her home. She is a Software Project Manager and regularly coaches teams, even if it’s not in a sporty way. She loves all kinds of sport, especially when undertaken in exciting places all over the world.

Proud achievement

Sport was not initially part of Kristin’s life until someone very special to her inspired Kristin to change things for the better. This turnaround is something she is very proud of.

Kristin’s goal

“I strongly believe in the great power of ‘team’ and I hope to contribute a great deal to creating a memorable experience, filled with smiles, encouragement, inspiration and fun!”

Ilijana Parojcic

Ilijana Parojcic

Key info

  • Age: 22
  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Hometown: Burlington
  • Project participation: Zambia and Malawi

Bio

Ilijana is Canadian born and raised on ice hockey but has adopted rugby as her favourite sport. She is currently completing a Master of Law at the University of Bristol and hopes to become a solicitor, specialising in sports law (specifically rugby, of course!)

Proud achievement

Ilijana and some friends developed the girls rugby team at her school, from an instructional team to a varsity team by their final year.

Ilijana’s goal

“I love being part of the rugby culture. My goal is to make a difference in the world through the language of sport and improve my coaching skills while part of the 2017 Pride.”

David Davies

David Davies

Key info

  • Age: 57
  • Nationality: Welsh
  • Hometown: Builth Wells
  • Project participation: Zambia and Malawi

Bio

Dai is currently Head of Physical Education at St David’s Special School in Hereford. He coaches rugby and a variety of other sports at the school. Dai has coached rugby at senior and junior county level and he has his Level 2 rugby and strength & conditioning coaching certificates. He still enjoys playing.

Proud achievement

Representing Californian State Team against the Junior All Black in 1985. Dai’s team lost 28-11 but had defended well and gave the Kiwis a real scare until Dai’s team’s fitness told at the end!

Dai’s goal

“I hope to pass on my skills and passion for the game of rugby and help children and adults I meet have fun while learning.”

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