Student - 29 september 2011

Wanted: strong men

Who? Aafke Nijhuis
What? Chair Thymos sports foundation
Why? The all-women Thymos board is looking for strong men to do the heavy lifting

Not man enough yourself to lift sports equipment?
‘We are all sporty, but during the AID sports day we noticed that some things really were very heavy. The foot of a korfball pole weighs an awful lot, for example. It is no joke! We board members have got enough balls, but during big events like the Sports night that is coming up shortly we really do need a few men. And that's where the idea of a Strong Men Committee came from.'
How are you going to tackle the selection procedure?
‘We'll let them carry a woman, for example, and of course we'll volunteer ourselves. And we'll count their six-packs. Other than that, we still have to think it up. One thing is sure, it won't be a knockout race or a male beauty contest. It must be done nicely. A couple of men we know have already volunteered but, as far as I'm concerned, the more the merrier.'
Is there anything in it for the men?
‘If they have proven their strength by the end of the year, we'll give them a present of a pole-dancing act. Two of our board members do pole fitness and they are pretty good. So they can teach the rest. But we'll have to agree among ourselves exactly how we are going to do it.'
Strong men can sign up with swu.thymos@wur.nl

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