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YUSU Elections 2017: Josie Phillipps (Sport President)

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Josie Phillipps is a Third Year Environmental Science student. In her campaign, she seeks to improve the reputation of York’s sport through her sporting experience and working as a team, as well as push the sense of community and achievement that sports brings.

What inspired you to run for the position?

When I came to visit York for my open day I remember meeting Cass Brown [the former YUSU Sports President]. After spending time talking about the Sports President role, I remember thinking to myself how I’d love to do her job one day! I eat, sleep and breathe sport, from top level university sport to the college sports. Having been a large part of both it has inspired me to get run for the position, and do my upmost to ensure sport at York improves.

What makes you different from the other candidates?

As mentioned, I’ve taken a massive part in both University and college level sport. At a University level, I’ve taken part in national level rowing and University firsts tennis; whilst at a college level I’ve played Touch Rugby, Volleyball and Darts, fitting in wherever I’m needed!  This has arguably given me the widest breadth of knowledge to bring to the table. My manifesto is functional: it works, and I have explained how I am going to achieve my main points. Finally, I have also been on the York Sport Committee working with the liberation networks to create wider awareness of how to be more inclusive as a team, something that I have very much enjoyed and have learnt so much from.

How would your policies change student life at York?

I want York to become a top 35 University for sport.  Currently, we are outside the top 40 at 41st place. I feel that the more we improve, the more that we will be able to attract sporting talent to York in the future. I’m hoping by achieving, we will breed the idea of success around the University, and encourage all to support.

What challenges do you expect to face in this position and how will you respond to them?

Taking a position in YUSU will always be a challenging task, and I expect finding the balance between University sport and college sport will be tough. However, through proper communication with all presidents and the University I hope to find the perfect balance to benefit both.

What has been your most enjoyable experience at university?

Rowing at national British Rowing Championships and at Henley Women’s Regatta has to be a highlight. In the first year I took part in the Varsity at Durham, and I loved the experience! As I’ve said, I’ve played several different sports, and the friendship and the support that I have found throughout the different teams has been so wonderful. Through sport I have definitely made friends for life!

Why should students get involved with sport?

Other than the obvious health benefits, it’s pretty easy. The sense of community that you get with your sports team friends coupled with the feeling of achievement when you win – it’s second to none!

As told to Jamie Warner

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