Our new President, Jackson Bova, looks ahead to the 2021 season and beyond.
It seems a running theme of 2020 that we have to say goodbye to the things we love. Now, the Rangers Committee bids farewell to Mark Robinson, the Club’s President for the past three years. Mark has been with the Club for 12 years now, and as soon as he arrived on Sydney’s shores, I think everyone knew that someone really special had joined the Rangers family.
Thankfully Mark will still be gracing us on the pitch now he’s stepped back from Committee duties!
Mark has been the driving force behind the Rangers’ growth over the past few years. The Rangers becoming its own fully fledged club competing within the CDSFA after years playing under (the admittedly great) banner of Balmain is one of his greatest achievements.
I remember having only just joined the Committee at that time and being incredibly impressed at the dedication and hard work that was put in to make it a reality. During his time as President, Mark has been integral to the Club’s growth (membership-wise, influence and financial stability and sustainability), and always put the Club ahead of his own interests. He is certainly up there in terms of club legends who have built this club to what it is since 1997.
It’s been a privilege learning from Mark over the years, not only as a fellow Committee member, but as a friend.
For those who don’t know much about me, I joined the Rangers in 2016 and played my first season in the B team. Quite quickly I became more involved in the Club, starring in the End of Season Awards show performance that year (never again!), and joining the Committee in 2017. While I didn’t expect to take over the Presidency quite so soon in my Rangers and Committee life, I couldn’t have hoped for a better President, and Committee, to learn from.
It’s an exciting time to be a Ranger as we look forward to 2021. Kenan, Chris, Jacob, Charlie and I will continue to build the momentum and growth of the Club, and we’re really excited to get back to a proper 2021 and (hopefully) COVID-free sesason.
What does that actually mean? Last year, due to the impacts of COVID we were quite restricted in terms of whole club events. We want the culture of our club to be just that – a club. Last year we were restricted to gatherings mainly within our squads, and as a Committee we’re hoping for a more social, open 2021 & beyond.
Looking ahead we’ve got the Pride Football Australia ‘PFA Day’ just around the corner, and a slightly different Mardi Gras festival where we’ll make sure we have a presence. We participate in the parade every two years, but if Fair Day goes ahead we’ll be there!
These events are no small undertaking (having lead the organisation of them many times!), so a massive thanks to everyone who helps pull them together as they’re just as big a part as building the profile of our club as our on the pitch achievements.
Looking past 2021, we’ve got the Gay Games coming up in Hong Kong 2022 where I’m positive we can get, for the first time ever, two Rangers teams competing. Having attended my first Gay Games in Paris in 2018 I’m incredibly excited to attend again! And of course, World Pride comes to Sydney in 2023, and we have some big things planned!
For now, I’m just excited to get back into playing football as we finish off the year with our social matches – at the end of the day that’s what this Club is all about. A safe space where anyone on the LGBTIQ+ spectrum and our allies can feel safe playing the sport they love!
Please feel free to reach out to me at any time if you have any suggestions or comments about how we can improve what we’re doing at the Rangers – firstname.lastname@example.org.