Loughborough president Laurence Holt shares words of encouragement for all 2017 MASS Championship hopefuls as we talk about what it was like to win the title.
Name: Laurence Holt
Course: International Business
Year of Study: second
Congratulations! How does it feel to be crowned the MASS Championship University Champions?
Unremarkable! How did we come from a team of just 12 members in 2008 to Mass University champions? I guess we have our competitors to thank.
After eyeing up our main rivals ( Cardiff ) we honestly thought all hope was lost, however over the series of the MASS Championship our members brought the fire and helped secure the title.
Amazing achievement by all the students who competed and we look forward to showing off the trophy.
Which competitions did the team compete in, and how did they get on in each of them?
Across the year MASS brought a series of events, ranging from Physique to powerlifting. Fortunately for Loughborough, our members competed in 4 out of 5 sports covering a diverse range of results. Both the Powerlifting and Weightlifting proved to be most successful with coupling PB’s and total Wilks/Sinclair scores.
Which is your favourite competition and why?
Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the Powerlifting as it was filled with new competitors and put a refreshing twist on competing in MASS championships.
Was it hard to get members interested in competing?
Luckily for us, Loughborough already attracts athletes looking to excel in a variety of sports. Therefore with a little advertising and word of mouth, word quickly spread.
Give us the low-down on what it’s like to run a society?
Brilliant! I have had the pleasure of meeting and inspiring new members to the fitness world and attend some pretty cool lectures. With the backing of an enthusiastic committee a simple idea can turn into a extraordinary event.
Although it’s been a roller-coaster of ups and downs, I will be sad to be stepping down.
Does the work-load vary between term-time and holidays?
Running a society is simply what you make of it and the effort you put in. Work- loads and deadlines will come and go but a 1 hour meeting a week can make all the difference.
What’s the team’s training like in preparation for a competition?
This is a hard question. Some members prefer to train alone and focus on personal goals whilst others prefer to meet up and carry out joint training sessions. Irrespective of training routines all members however are keen to motivate and provide a helping hand before the big day.
Do other committee members help out with the competitions?
Yes, all competitions are seen as a responsibility by committee members to ensure athletes attend events to deliver a ground breaking performance.
In the end, is it all worth it?
YES, what’s the worst that could happen? You loose all your gains and look like Jeff Seid
What advice would you give to 2017 MASS Championship hopefuls?
What have you got to loose. If you don’t know have a go.
What’s next for you?
Hit the gym and get bigger than Dave Bissell himself. It’s always good to aim high Laurence 😉
Where can our readers follow your society?
Easy. Simply type in Loughborough Fitness and Wellbeing society on Facebook and await approval.