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Liam West #PioneeredUndergraduateSEMSocieties
  1. Johann Windt
  1. Experimental Medicine Program, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Johann Windt, Experimental Medicine Program, University of British Columbia, 2635 Laurel Street, Vancouver, Canada V5Z 1M9; johannwindt{at}

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One skill/attribute that has served you well?

My energy and drive have helped me overcome hurdles within SEM. My policy of strategic volunteering has been key. For instance, I am 27 years old and I have been to over 45 SEM conferences already. That provides a network that provides a lot of wisdom. At about 75% of the conferences I have gone for free (as I could not afford them) by serving drinks, cleaning floors, packing delegate bags or acting as an MSK model—I will do whatever it takes!

Letter to a high school version of yourself, what would it say?

Take life less seriously, spend more quality time with my family and travel at every opportunity. Try to find the optimum work–life balance (something I still struggle with). I would also write that it is okay to say no to opportunities—aim for quality over quantity!

Fondest career memory?

I am only just beginning my sport and exercise medicine (SEM) journey, but most rewarding to date was serving as team doctor for the England U16 Football Team at the 2015 Montaigu International Tournament in France—we won!

Average weekday morning?

I cycle or run to work, and since moving to Melbourne, Australia, where coffee is ingrained into the culture, I must start with at least one latte! Then more paperwork than I would like.

Most memorable sporting moment you have experienced?

I think being at Old Trafford to watch Eric Cantona come back from his ‘Kung Fu Kick’ 8-month ban to score a penalty against Liverpool FC. I was sitting …

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  • Contributor JW is the sole author of this manuscript, and responsible for compiling all the interview responses and the Press Box feedback into this current manuscript.

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