Name: George Bollands

Hall: Butler Court

Course: Sports Management

Running For: VP Welfare and Diversity

As part of his campaign for VP Welfare and Diversity, George Bollands told us he was most looking forward to meeting students at Loughborough, hearing their ideas and explaining his own manifesto as well. He also mentioned that he would be handing out calorie counters and healthy eating recipes to promote healthy eating and students’ well-being.  George mentioned that he liked the balance between Welfare and Diversity this year and will aim to maintain that, if he were to be elected. Enthusiastic about his time on the committee and his desire to give back to the university, his passion was evident in his answers.

1.       Why did you decide to run for VP Welfare and Diversity?

I’ve been involved in it before, all through my degree now and I’ve been on the Welfare and Diversity committee for a year and a half now. I can use my experience to a high level and be more involved in the union.

2.       Why do you think you’re the best suited candidate?

Because I can use my experience and I can relate to people and be representative of them. I’ve been on committee as Hall Chair at Butler Court and I’ve been on the Welfare and Diversity committee with Georgie Court and this year as well. I can see what to improve on and I can relate to what it’s like to be an underrepresented student. I’m sure I can be a good representative of minority students as a whole.

3.       Could you tell us more about your campaign theme?

I’m going as George of the Jungle.

4.       What is the most important aspect of your Manifesto?

I want to increase the experience of students. If elected I want to enhance the experience of all the underrepresented students. I want to establish a cohesive structure. I’ve been heavily involved in disability sports for the last two years. I want to promote that more, but I want to introduce new sports. Anybody can play them. I feel that there’s not much that’s tackled about mental health issues in sport. From studying my Sports Management degree I understand that you can have stress, anxiety, depression. So I want to combat that issue by running campaigns and raising awareness.

5.       In one sentence, why should people vote for you?

People should vote for me because I want to enhance the Loughborough experience for all students, regardless of ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability.


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