Johnny Bell is the new Athletic Union Officer for 2012-13. Gaining 2572 votes, he defeated opponent Hew Williams, who received 1387 votes. The total number of votes cast for this position was 4182. Current AU Officer Sarah Williams, who claimed that “whoever gets this will have such a great time”, said that “Johnny seems like a great guy, and I have every faith in him.” Bell, in his acceptance speech, thanked Hew, saying that he’d been “an amazing opponent, and we’ve become good friends over the past few weeks.” When talking to Impact, Johnny said that it feels “absolutely amazing”, and that he “pushed himself to the limit and will go to bed happy tonight”.
Johnny Bell’s Profile
The role as Athletics Union officer is something Johnny’s always wanted and it would help him pursue his dream career as a sports manager. He believes his policies take into account the whole university, and he wants to get everyone involved in University sport — particularly any “unchecked talent” — as well as postgraduates, international students, and students from the satellite campuses.
Bell plans to achieve this by working closely with the NU2 Sport Campaign saying, “it’s like a ‘sport for all campaign’”. He also wants to work with the Week One and Karni Reps (both positions he’s had first hand experience in) to get more Freshers involved. Bell stresses that his campaign would be aimed at everyone, “whether they’re just apprehensive about getting involved in a sport club, or they’re just lazy”.
“If people fancy doing something extra-curricular but they’ve just had no prior incentive, then I want to be the person who gets them out of bed and get them knocking about on the football pitch.” Other points on Bell’s manifesto include the pledge of a fixed date for kit orders, and the extension of Varsity to other sports, including tennis and squash, but he wishes to “target all clubs. Large or small.”