AU Edge: With AU President Stuart Leslie

Recently, the Colours Committee have considered several nominations for Club and Team of the Year, and on receiving these applications it became apparent just how much initiative and dedication has gone into the success of the past twelve months. All 16 applications for Club of the Year were excellent, and I was genuinely impressed by the efforts put in by volunteers on all the club committees. Without doubt it is such hard work that has contributed to the drastic improvement of our teams’ performances this year. In the BUSA University Points Table, York has had its best year on record, potentially ending up with a top 25 finish, once the points for winning the Men’s Cricket Plate have been added this week. I can assure you that this result is an incredible achievement for the Athletic Union and the University, considering that York has failed to finish in the top 50 for the past three years, and has placed above several institutions with considerably more students, let alone resources.

It is not only our BUSA-playing clubs that have experienced good fortune in their exploits. Whatever personal opinions you may have on the statement expressed by Pole Exercise Club, I challenge anyone to doubt that to accelerate from 0-300 in less than six months in terms of membership is an incredible achievement, and the club’s integration into the AU has been almost seamless; a credit to those at the helm.

Looking to the future, a new indoor facility will be on campus by the end of this calendar year, solving many of the problems of demand for space in the current Sports Centre. This will provide an ideal stop-gap for the next 5-7 years until Heslington East acquires its own high-quality sports provision.

To briefly sum up the year, we won Roses by the largest margin in recent memory, a new Varsity tournament was not only established but conquered, the AU raised more than double the amount of money for charity than ever before and several teams have got promoted. I feel proud to have been involved over the past twelve months and would like to thank all of the AU’s 2500-strong membership for making this all possible, along with a flock of other invaluable devotees. All in all it’s been an experience I know I’ll never forget.

Finally, I’d just like to wish Nik and his team the best of luck for 2005-2006, and let you all know that if you happen to be offering employment (or alternatively a plane ticket to South America) you know where my office is for the next two weeks!!

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