ANU Sport’s AGM took place last term on Monday 30th March at the North Oval Pavilion. Following the somewhat controversial elections, which took place last term, the meeting ran fairly efficiently despite a few procedural mishaps.
The symbolic presidential handover process was marred when incumbent President Dr John Beaton left before the halfway point of the meeting, the traditional point at which the President vacates for the new President to take over the chair. Despite this setback, which saw the meeting operated without a chairperson until the election of a returning officer, the AGM ran smoothly.
Newly elected President Michael Pettersson told Woroni: “I’m excited and looking forward to the year ahead and getting started right away working to best represent students across campus.”
When pressed on the possibility of amalgamating ANU Sport and the ANU Union, Pettersson stressed the importance of lobbying the university to protect student interests if the alleged development eventuates.
Treasurer Neil Parson reported that ANU Sport is now solidly in profit after running at a loss two years ago and now has a general trend of financial stability.
Meanwhile, Archery President Kate Mairead Millar-Ratcliff was elected to fill a casual vacancy position on the Blues Council, which awards high achievers amongst the ANU sporting community.
The meeting’s most poignant moment, however, was when John Beaton spoke about his decade presiding over ANU Sport and the enjoyment it gave him. With his departure, the pressure is now on Pettersson to live up to Beaton’s substantial legacy.