Our orienteering committee is mostly made up of retirement or near-retirement aged people but they are trying to recruit younger people to take an active role because they see the danger in having only the older generation of people doing the work. One day that is all going to come to an end if and when they lose the ability to continue in those roles, plus having no young people in active roles effectively dooms the sport because it just won't continue to operate in ten years.
Of the Coalition candidates, only Boris, Ian & Alex really qualify as "young", ie born in the early-mid 80's. The next youngest among all the candidates was born in 1962.
"help create a little paradise here" ... that is a laudable goal, and one you've displayed commendable success in achieving.
Those sorts of immediate and tangible undertakings always appealed more to me, too.
@GuyO--as evidenced by Sammy and the ilk, there seems to be a latent resentment towards the teams, perhaps extremely limited, perhaps stoked by some idiosyncratic situation(s)/run-ins or whatever. This seems to metastasize into a sort of ephebiphobia among some quarters.
These same issues happen to be writ small different places... I've seen the same things in DVOA, where, when I was more engaged, thought that it would be great to have some sort of quasi affirmative action for the board... i.e., that there would have to be two board members under 40, for example.
But, there too, it seemed to be a matter of beggars can't be choosers... I have found, however, that the tenor from the top can influence the direction of the strategy and the composition of the workforce, so to speak... where there is a will there is a way.
Or maybe it really is that the retired folks really are the best qualified candidates, and the denigrated so-called coalition should really be dismissed as not being up for the job (clearly, I do not believe that.)
I'm kinda waiting for somebody to make a prediction like "If I'm not elected in september then the election is fixed".
In my opinion truly young candidates would be 18-25, and I would love to see such a person on the OUSA board for their perspective, energy, ideas and global connectivity. I am particularly impressed at the latter from the JWOC athletes who now keep in touch year round with athletes from many different national federations year-round via social media.
Only in the context of the OUSA board am I, a 31-year old, young.