Whilst not quite as hotly anticipated as the SUSU AGM, Wednesday’s Athletic Union Annual General Meeting still managed to spark debate.
Worth noting was AU Pres Teddy Wilkes continued praise of the newly introduced Focus Sport lifestyle program. In his speech he dubbed it a ‘great success’. However, the program has been the subject of recent controversy over health concerns of participants, sparked by an article featured in a recent addition of The Wessex Scene.
Teddy said: ‘Focus Sport has been a great success for elite sport here at Southampton’, adding: ‘unless you read the Wessex Scene’.
‘Every athlete who has stuck to the program has seen remarkable gains in Athletic performance and body composition and I’m really proud of the guys that has managed to go the full length with it’.
Yet the part of the meeting that saw most debate was the vote on whether the AU should draw up a contract with Independent Contract Sportswear Supplier ‘Ikon’. The contract would make a deal with Ikon to supply a uniform design for AU club’s off-pitch wear, in a bid to improve the image of AU sports teams.
Concerns were voiced by some clubs. ‘It feels like we’re losing control of what we’re doing’ said one member.
But after a spell of laboured questioning, they were eventually assured by Ikon and Teddy that: ‘we are not looking to take the control away from the clubs, if you come to Ikon and they’re not competitive you can walk away’.
The final vote was in favour of the deal, but as the contract is yet to be drawn up, specific details remain unclear.
The deadline for AU club’s development plan was also revealed, set for the 1st July.
Elections for some AU positions also took place, the results being:
Social and Media: Roger King
Media and Communications: Duncan Jenkins
Development Officer: Sion Roberts
Congratulations to them and a big well done to all the clubs for all their successes this year. Keep up the good work.