This LSBU Girl Can – Interview with the Sports Federation Chair, Sarah Clifton
This Girl Can is a campaign celebrating active women who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it, how they look or even how red their face gets. The project, funded by The National Lottery and developed by Sport England, aims to help women overcome the fear of judgement that is stopping too many women and girls from joining in.
To celebrate ‘This Girl Can’ week (20th-26th November 2017), iBank Media will be bringing you an exclusive series of interviews over the week from women in sports here at LSBSU.
Today we have been lucky enough to interview Sarah Clifton, third-year bakery student and Sports Federation Chair!
What inspired your passion for sports?
I’ve always been active, I did Duke of Edinburgh as a teenager and it got me interested in sports as I really enjoyed the expeditions. At university I found that there were so many choices and that they were all super cheap so I thought I’d have a go – it all grew from there! Now I do jujitsu, badminton, archery, and run when I get the time, this year I also ran the London Marathon!
What qualities do you look for in a role model?
Good leadership, people skills, and the ability to make good decisions.
What are your responsibilities as Sports Federation Chair?
To look after all the sports clubs. I’m the ‘middle man’ between them and the SU. I help out with issues, complaints and help them in progressing with new ideas.
What do you think are the benefits of being involved in sports?
Aside from improving your physical health, it’s good to have competition it gets you to work and try harder. It’s also good to be a part of a team and can help you to make friends outside of your course. If you are a committee member it will help to develop your organisation, leadership, teamwork skills.
What plans do you have for the year ahead in your role?
I’m looking at working with the sports teams to get them more integrated with each other and get them working together, instead of each sports team socialising within themselves. I would like for each team to develop themselves too, there have been issues with this in the past couple of years – the sports federation chair is a fairly new role (I’m the second sports federation chair) and I want to get sports teams built up and more developed for the next year ready for next year!
What is the current participation of women in sports like at LSBU?
I believe it’s fairly good – it’s higher than expected. Our university is notoriously good at diversity! It’s easy to turn up and have a go, it’s not too intimidating, and if you really want to do something there are so many opportunities available.
How can we increase the engagement and participation of women in sports at LSBU?
This Girl Can week is a great opportunity, the Academy of Sports and SU have so many trial sessions and events – come and have a go, we don’t bite!
You’ve got a lot of leadership experience under your belt, what would you say to someone who was thinking about becoming a committee member for the first time?
Do it! Enjoy it, there’s a lot to learn from it, and once you get into it, it doesn’t feel like ‘work’. It’s really not as much work as everyone thinks it is, the more you put in the more you’ll get out.
Get in contact with Sarah Clifton by emailing Sports.Chair@LSBSU.org
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