Mark plays tennis and squash to club level and is a proficient skier, snowboarder, scuba diver and rock climber. He is a keen ultra-runner and endurance/adventure sports athlete.
Mark has two young children, and he likes to spend as much time exploring the outdoors with them and his wife, who is also a lover of the outdoors.
Mark’s volunteer work reflects his interests and experiences from inside and outside of work.
Most recently these include:
Achilles Blind Guiding
Mark is a blind running guide. He has supported many visually impaired runners on running events of various distances and trains with them to help them achieve their running aspirations.
Mark helps with the organising and running of ski and snowboard trips across New Zealand and Europe to support amputees and other adaptive sport enthusiasts. He also volunteers as an adaptive instructor/helper.
4 Deserts Ultra-running Event Series
Mark works as part of the course team on these multi-day endurance events of two hundred international competitors during their 250 km foot race in various sites around the world.
Land Search & Rescue (LANDSAR)
Mark is an operational member of LANDSAR. He is a police and rescue-trained search and rescue volunteer who is tasked to search for (and sometimes recover) lost persons.