With nominations having been open over a week, TR has noted that election fever has yet to gather any real sense of momentum. Hence, to liven things up a little as we speculate on the runners and riders for the role of York Sport President, TR plans to drop in as many sporting clichés as possible. So which individuals can we expect to see sparring for the role?
In the grand old tradition of at least one incumbent re-running, TR can confirm that Sam Asfahani, York Sport President, is to seek a second term. This may not come as much of a surprise to most, with his well-decorated corner of the YUSU office looking a lot cosier that the harsh climates of graduate unemployment that may await. Everything he has done since his election has been with a view to the future; it only makes sense that he will want to see the new York Sport village, that he will want to pass on the baton of Roses rugby at the York Knights stadium and that he will want to be in charge as the White Rose Varsity makes its debut.
As Ngwena proved last year, and Leyland the year before that, the election fight as an incumbent is a considerably easier battle, and it is hard to deny the smart money is on Asfahani.
But as TR likes to say, pride comes before a fall, and complacency is never an election-winning strategy. Asfahani is rumoured to be facing some feisty female competition from Netball President Kate Copson, who has two years excellent experience in the York Sport Committee and may choose to have a punt at the role, while her Hockey counterpart Laura Pepper could also decide to chance her arm. TR suspects that their involvement with York Sport already will mean they leave it to Asfahani, but who can say until the race has been run?
Another name to throw into the ring is Badminton President Ben McGladdery. McGladdery doesn’t have the same York Sport experience of Copson and Pepper but he would be able to count on the sizeable support of the badminton club, and he could make a late surge from the back of field to take the prize. It is, after all, a game of two halves.
There is always the chance that a complete dark horse/long-shot/underdog (take your pick there) could steal a march on the others but if the election were to take place tomorrow the odds on Asfahani facing competition from only McGladdery would be short. TR, for one, would definitely have a flutter.
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