Upper South Island Ambassadors
This month we welcome Mark Ranby as Presbyterian Support Upper South Island’s first ever Ambassador.
Mark is the Personal Development Manager to the Crusaders and Canterbury Rugby. He is looking forward to furthering the cause of the organisation, particularly in the area of supporting youth and young people. “Mark is naturally hands on, and we are very excited at the interest Mark has shown in the organisation. He is genuinely interested in all that we do, ” said CEO Vaughan Milner.
A former All Black, Mark played midfield back for Manawatu, the Central Vikings and Waikato at a provincial level, and the Hurricanes and the Chiefs in Super Rugby. He gained a test cap for the All Blacks in 2001 against Manu Samoa. Mark also played two seasons for Japanese side Coca Cola West Red Sparks.
Mark gained a degree in English from Massey University while he was playing provincial rugby. In 2008, he picked up his studies at the University of Cambridge. Naturally, he played a game or two for the university while he was there.
In 2012, mark was made Personal Development Manager to the Crusaders and Canterbury Rugby, a role he still enjoys today.
“My job at CRFU is to support, guide and assist players in their personal and professional development,” said Mark. “A lot of players come to the Crusaders very young and playing rugby professionally is all they have ever dreamed of. For some of them, a life beyond rugby just isn’t on their radar.”
“I encourage players to think long term about their finances and to consider their strengths and attributes beyond rugby so that they can plan for life after the game.” His office at Rugby Park is just off the gym to encourage players to view talking with him as natural as having a chat to the team physio.
Last year, Mark welcomed son Thomas into the world with his wife, Sarah.