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.