RANA STEVENS FOUND THE PERFECT MIX OF SPORT AND CAREER

Former Marlborough Boys College rugby star Rana Stevens recently celebrated an outstanding career achievement, 30 years service in the New Zealand Defence Force.

CAREER MILESTONE Rana was recently recognised for an outstanding 30 years of service in the New Zealand Defence Force

Born and raised in the beautiful seaside town of Kaikoura on the South Island’s east coast, Stevens shifted with his family to Blenheim and played as a talented utility back for a Marlborough Boys College side in the early 1990s captained by a future All Blacks captain Anton Oliver.

In 1993 Rana, Anton and Ben Clarke (son of former All Black winger Phil Clarke) made their Marlborough Red Devils debut in the same match against Nelson Bays, each scoring a try despite the Red Devils losing the match. 

It was after a rep rugby match that a chance meeting with one of his opponents Murray Henderson proved life changing. Henderson was in the New Zealand Army and suggested to Rana that he join up and after consulting his family decided to do just that in1993 as a chef and has since enjoyed an outstanding career mixing work with sport in various postings around New Zealand.

BULLSEYE Darts was another sport Rana excelled in

As well as playing for Marlborough he also played for the South Island secondary schools and South Island under 18 teams and was a member of the Wellington Lions training squad in 1994-95. He played rugby for the New Zealand Army and ANZAC teams plus the New Zealand Combined Services.

Rana played in a competition winning Moutere club team in Marlborough where he is now based at Woodbourne and is currently still involved with the club as senior coach.

Rugby wasn’t his only sporting talent. Rana played cricket for Marlborough age group rep teams and for the New Zealand Army side, the New Zealand Defence Force team and the ANZACS where he both played and umpired. As a qualified cricket umpire he officiated in T20 internationals. 

CHAMPION CLUB Rana Stevens part of this outstanding Moutere premier champion team in 1992

Rana went to Fiji for the inaugural Pacific Island cricket challenge in Suva thinking he would be playing. But instead got asked to umpire in a tournament featuring Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Samoa. This week as a result of his efforts umpiring the staff sergeant was awarded New Zealand Army sports official of the year.

Darts was another of his sporting talents and in 1987 he won the New Zealand junior boys singles title and was a beaten finalist along with team-mate Michelle Craig in the New Zealand senior pairs final in 1990.

Hardly surprising he’s excelled at sport given his pedigree. His mum Amelia is a MacDonald, the most famous Marlborough sporting family which includes among many others, former All Black and soon to be All Blacks assistant rugby coach Leon MacDonald. His dad Brian Stevens was also a talented sportsman.

Rana’s legacy is in great hands too. He and partner Shendelle Steel have three adult children who are all carving their path in different ways. Charlotte, 21, is a military dog handler, Brian is 20 and Benjamin 14, all born in Christchurch.

Charlotte played age grade rep cricket for Wellington and rowed out of the Wairau and Petone rowing clubs as well as being a competitive swimmer.

FOLLOWING IN DADS FOOTSTEPS Rana and Shendelle’s daughter Charlotte is a military dog handler

Brian, out of Silverstream School played age group cricket for Wellington and squash for Wellington and once held a national junior boys butterfly swimming record. Benjamin is now at Marlborough Boys College and is excelling at Jiu Jitsu, cricket and badminton.

Rana credits Shendelle as their family foundation rock and she has also been heavily involved in sport as an administrator at junior level in rugby, cricket, squash, swimming and rowing. Earlier she competed in gymnastics and netball in Marlborough and played in a couple of matches for the Burnham women’s rugby team.

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Interview & Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images supplied.

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