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Welcome to the Club! We're excited and privileged to have eight University of Canterbury interns join us for our 2021 Crusade. Our UC Intern Programme is a very special part of our partnership with UC, and we are very excited to get to work with this amazing group.

Welcome Kate Tylee, Biddy Tothill, Aki Shimahara, Nick Redwood, Mitchell Jamieson, Hamish Dewar, Jacob Pepper-Edwards & Cameron Clement.

These students have joined a long list of UC graduates who have gained meaningful industry experience with us and gone onto great things. We wish them all the best on this exciting journey. #mahi #intern #forever

Pictured alongside the 'class of 21' is Tracey Wilson; Director Marketing, Recruitment & International Relations at UC, Angus Gardiner; GM Professional Rugby at the Crusaders, Colin Mansbridge; Crusaders CEO and Vaea Peterson; Analyst Lead at the Crusaders.


Mitchell Jamieson - Currently in his third year at UC studying a Bachelor of Sport Coaching majoring in Performance Analysis and minoring in Nutrition. Mitchell is currently a performance analyst intern for the Crusaders. This internship consists of filming both the Crusaders and the Crusaders Academy’s trainings and games, as-well as clipping and coding both teams trainings and games so that all the players can review their game and training footage and continue to developed into professional athletes.


Biddy Tothill.  Biddy is studying a Bachelor of Commerce and Sports Coaching. Biddy joined the Crusaders in March and is focused on two key areas within the Commercial & Marketing team: fan engagement and event management.  Biddy is responsible for managing the Crusaders fan engagement NPS software Ask Nicely, which allows the Crusaders to make important changes to fan engagement during the season.  Biddy is also a critical part of the Crusaders event team, supporting game-day event delivery and promotional activity for the Club.


Kate Tylee – Kate is studying a Bachelor of Sports Science and Sports Management. Kate joined the Crusaders Commercial and Marketing team in February 2021. Kate is working towards creating an Alumni event for past Crusader players, coaches and others involved with the Crusaders. The importance of this project is reconnecting relationships that were established through the playing careers of the past players and providing support with life after rugby. Part of Kate’s internship is also supporting the event management staff at home games with operational delivery of these events.


Jacob Pepper-Edwards - Jacob is currently studying towards his masters in sports science at the university of canterbury. Jacob has joined the Strength and conditioning department in hopes to gain a deeper understanding of the workings of the high performance workplace. Aiming to develop all the necessary skills to one day become a head S&C himself, Jacob will use this opportunity to learn about and use all the advanced technology used within the Crusaders training environment, learning how to effectively manage players running and gym load through the season to keep the players at their peak performance and injury prevention conditioning methods to allows our players to outlast the competition. 

Molly Millar - Molly is 22 years old and is currently studying Journalism at the University of Canterbury. After completing her arts degree at Otago University, she has returned to Christchurch to continue her learning and seek new opportunities. Sport has always played a big role in her life, whether it be playing, coaching teams or simply spectating. Interning with the Crusaders has perfectly incorporated her education and her interests, and has given Molly insight as to why the red and black jersey is so close to the hearts of Cantabrians.  Molly is working in the communications and media area and is assisting with media delivery and also supporting the story telling of the Crusaders via match reports which feature on the Crusaders website.


Nick Redwood - Originally from Tokoroa, Nick attended Hamilton Boys' High Boarding school. Nick came to Christchurch to study Engineering but after three years he realised his passion was with sports. He switched to a Bachelor Sports Coaching Performance Analysis, graduating at the end of 2021. He has always been interested in rugby and played throughout school. He started as a Performance Analyst in 2020 for Hornby Rugby Men's Division 1 Ellesmere. This year Nick is the Performance Analyst for the UC Men's Division 1 and aIso a Crusaders Performance Analyst Intern. Nick’s roles within the Crusaders are assisting the analyst team with the Crusaders trainings (filming and coding) and home games. Nick also work with the Crusaders Academy helping to build the performance analysis department and increase the overall awareness of performance analysis with the players. He has assisted with both the Under 20s and development Crusaders sides as well. Nick hopes to apply a growth mindset and learn as much as he can throughout the year. His goal is to use his Japanese and rugby knowledge to work in the Japan Rugby Top League.


Aki Shimahara – Aki is studying for a double degree of Bachelor in Sports Coaching, majoring in Strength and Conditioning with Nutrition, and Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Human Resource Management and minoring in Psychology at UC.  Aki joined the Crusaders Commercial and Marketing team in February 2021, focusing on fan engagement and event management. Being the president of Cantabs - Student Supporters Army at UC, Aki has been using this opportunity to increase fan engagement, specifically, getting more students to go to the games. Aki also helped game day event delivery and planning an event after the game with the UK event planner, Invades.


Cameron Clement - Camerons studies consist of a Bachelor of Sport Management and a minor in Marketing. After joining the team in February 2021, Cameron is focusing on supporting Event Management delivery as well as supporting the Crusaders Digital Team with content creation and analytics. Cameron is also responsible for live scoring games on social media and creating and uploading content onto the Crusaders website. Each week Cameron prepares an analytical report of the Crusaders digital platforms and presents this back to the Crusaders senior management team. This allows the club to review how engaging our posts are, find social trends and grow our digital ecosystem. 


Hamish Dewar - Hamish is studying towards a Doctor of Philosophy (PHD) at the University of Canterbury, with a focus on Sport Science. Hamish has re-joined the Strength and Conditioning department this year, after having completed an internship during the 2018 season whilst he was completing his Masters degree. His current project is titled "Profiling game demands to improve training and recovery for the Crusaders Rugby Team". During this project he aims to investigate new ways of monitoring player workloads to then improve the recovery systems to make sure the players are training and recovering in the best ways to ensure players can perform at their best on game day.