In the BLUE Corner: Adam Shergold
In the RED Corner: Sam Asfahani
It’s like celebrity deathmatch, but with real people.
These two heavyweights have, IMO, officially announced their intentions to run for York Sport President in March despite speculation linking them with candidacy for other positions.
Observers both within York Sport and elsewhere had previously suggested that Shergold was likely to run for Academic Affairs Officer, while Asfahani had also been linked with the Academic job as well as Student Activities and Welfare.
I’d bet a certain Mr Rose is somewhat relieved.
While other candidates are likely to emerge, IMO this may well be a two-horse race from now on.
Shergold, a Nouse stalwart, and a popular figure with both YUSU and the majority of sports clubs, was awarded Lifetime York Sport Membership last year, and won a YUM award for his Roses coverage. He’s not on the YS Committee, but might as well be – numerous members of the Committee have told me that his work in publicising results, fixtures and achievements is invaluable. Despite that, the one blotch on his copy-book is his failure to win a seat on the YS Committee last year.
Asfahani, former Langwith JCRC Chair, York Sport Development Officer and Mr American Football, boasts more YUSU experience due to his YS committee position and his JCRC responsibilities on Union Council, and has seen his Centurions go from strength to strength this year.
York Sport, or AU President races so often come down to getting out the club votes. Last year Emily Scott drew on a strong Hockey base and her general popularity amongst York’s clubs to defeat her opponents, and in 2007 Jo Carter derailed a former AU Vice-President’s bid for promotion with a grass-roots campaign targeting sportsmen and women.
This is where the other contenders might be able to spring a surprise, much like Alex Lacy did in 2008, IMO. Rob Newton, Hockey President is apparently lining up for a run at succeeding his predecessor Scott, and Matt Thomas, YUSnow President, certainly would have a strong club backing if the rumours about him deciding not to run are proved false.
York Sport poster-girl and Tournament Secretary Izzy Miller has allegedly decided not to run – a decision that may well be based on the huge amount of work she’ll need to do in organising the upcoming Varsity and Roses tournaments.
It’s a close one to call. Shergold certainly knows more club Presidents, and is a household name with the players that check the Nouse website for results and write-ups. He’ll also strong support from within York Sport itself. But Asfahani has a club at his disposal, has experience at campaigning – and winning – during elections, and would most certainly be able to bank on strong college support from Langwith.
Will Asfahani bring the wood on Shergold? Will Shergold’s pen prove mightier than the Centurion’s sword? Was that a pun too far?
Tackle-pads and notebooks aside, right now this is the race to watch.
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The opinions expressed above are not representative of either those of Nouse, or of YUSU. They are the speculations and personal views of the author who is not a member of the editorial team, and should be treated as such.