I look after all things sport and fitness at UoY! I l am ultimately responsible for all the different levels of sport at York: elite, club level, college sport, and participation initiatives. I liaise with our club presidents, captains and York Sport (our facility providers) to make sure everything runs smoothly. The best part of sport here is that you can get involved at whatever level best suits you; there’s something here for everyone, and it’s my job to organise it.
I’m Laura, I’m 21 and I’ve just graduated with a degree in History and Politics. I grew up in London and I attended Putney High School where I did A Levels in English, History and Politics.
During my time at York, I was heavily involved in sport, both as an athlete and as an organiser. At college level, I dabbled in various different college sports in my first year and became Sports Rep for James College. At club level, I captained the Women’s 1st Lacrosse Team to victory at National Championships in my 2nd year, and in 3rd year I helped organise ‘Roses’, our massive varsity against Lancaster, as Tournament Secretary on the York Sport Committee.
I decided to run for York Sport President in the Elections in 2017 because I truly love the sporting environment here at York, and I want everybody to benefit from these opportunities like I have.
If it wasn’t for sport, my university life would have been totally different and I wouldn’t have found my best friends! During campaign week I was ‘Loz4Sport’ and I began my term in office in July 2017. I pride myself on being smiley and welcoming, nicknamed as ‘Vice-President Funs’ with Mikey the Activities Officer, so come say hey!
Smashing through the Manifesto points this year! I completed changing the kit provider within my first few weeks of being in office. Another big manifesto promise of securing Termly Gym Memberships at York Sport has been a real success; an inital Termly offer was run in January and now York Sport are looking to make it a permanent fixture, which is great news! I also introduced a College Sport App, called ProTeam which has revolutionised the structure and organisation of College Sport here at York. I’ve introduced a ‘Spotlight On’ award to help recognise the acheivements of smaller and external sports here at York and have created a pooled transport system to help save clubs money on transport. Super importantly, I’ve compeltely re-branded and expanded College Varsity this year, to make it an even bigger and better event than ever before! Finally, work is currently in progress on re-doing the Sport pages on the website, as well as an online claims system for club finances, although both of these are complex undertakings so are taking some time to come to fruition!
I’ve been having big conversations with the university about re-structuring the way Sport at York is funded, which will hopefully expand the sporting budget in years to come! I have also secured funding for the Performance Sport Programme for the next 3 years! #goals