Joe Phillips
BSc Zoology
Sports Officer

If time flies when you’re having fun, then what happens when you’re having the best time of your life? My first year at university was three years ago but I can remember being a Fresher as if it were yesterday. University is your chance to discover yourself and realise your strengths and weaknesses. Sport provides the perfect platform to make new friends and embed yourself in university life. The opportunities that are on offer are too good to miss. So, if I had any advice for those starting this year, I would say throw yourself into everything and don't be afraid to get stuck in. Freshers will give you the chance to try out as many sports as you like… for free! From horse riding to shinty, the sports world is your oyster.

I had always loved playing rugby and football at school but I wanted to use university as a chance to try something new. Studying at the ‘University of Falifornia’, I thought it would be appropriate to get stuck into the beach boy scene. Picture this: bobbing out back with your mates after a ‘hard’ day’s work. Watching the waves roll in and the sun setting across the stunning Cornish coast. It’s safe to say I caught the bug. And I’m sure you will too. Where else can you go for a pre-lecture surf and rock up to your 9am in trunks and flip flops?

Having played a variety of sports for the university over the last three years, I decided to run for the Executive Sports Officer position. After being elected, I spoke with the Presidents to discuss how sports can be improved at the more elite level and also ensure it’s accessible to those newcomers. One project I am excited about is the kit rebrand. Over the next year, we will try to create a consistent design across all sports kit, whether CSM or SU, which will help create that family feel. So, whether you're playing hockey, rugby or lacrosse, you can look across the library and know you're all part of the same team, fighting for the same cause.

Being on the SU Leadership Team as Sports Officer, I love hearing from students, whether regarding sport or anything else that may enhance student life down here. If you've got any ideas or suggestions, I would love to talk to you about it to try and make our university better than it already is. So, if I could leave you with one message, it would be this: Don't be afraid to get stuck in. Try something new and find your passion. That’s what university is all about.