It may be the summer holidays, but the University of Cambridge sports men and women are busy training hard for the season ahead, ready to take on their Dark Blue counterparts in a range of Varsity Matches over the next academic year. From swimming to Rugby, Cycling to Golf and Rowing to Netball, check out their training below. #BlueBloodRedHeart
CUWBC competed at the European Universities Games in Zagreb, Croatia last week having qualified crews at the BUCS Regatta in May.
The Club sent an Eight, four of whom also raced in coxless pairs to race against crews from across Europe.
The CUWBC eight won the heat comfortably clocking the second fastest time across the two heats beating crews from Croatia, Switzerland, Germany and Russia. Unfortunately, the eight was unable to race in the final.
In the afternoon block of racing, CUWBC had 2 coxless pairs racing. CUWBC 1 comprised of Hannah Roberts (Jesus) and Myriam Goudet (Lucy Cavendish). CUWBC 2 of Imogen Grant (Trinity) and Ellie Hopgood (Girton) was originally entered as a lightweight boat, but due to no other entries was transferred to the openweight event.
The pairs raced well in their heat and were all set for an exciting final. Hannah & Myriam led from the start but were pushed hard to the line by the University of Heidelberg (Germany). The Cambridge pair put a final push on towards the line to open up clear water and take the gold. Meanwhile, the 2nd pairing of Imogen and Ellie were close behind and leading a crew from First Pavlov State Medical University (Russia) so picked up a second medal for CUWBC.
The crew has since moved on to China where they are competing at 2 competitions in addition to various cultural visits.
CUWBC’s Melissa Wilson was part of a composite with Leander Club and Reading Rowing Club that won the Princess Grace Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.
Bow: Mathilda Hodgkins-Byrne (RRC)
2: Melissa Wilson (CUWBC)
3: Holly Nixon (Leander)
Stroke: Jess Leyden (Leander)
The crew defeated Akademicki Związek Sportowy AWF Warszawa and Klub Wioślarski “Wisła” w Grudziądzu, Poland, by 1 length in a time of 7:27 (Barrier Time: 2:09, Fawley: 3:36)
Racing in the same event, the CUWBC composite with Myriam Goudet (Lucy Cavendish), Holly Hill (Isle of Ely/Downing), Lucy Burgess (Agrecroft RC) and Georgia Francis (Imperial College BC) had beaten the University of London BC comfortably in the opening round. They then lost to Melissa’s crew on the Friday by 1 3/4 lengths.
The 43rd Dancesport Varsity Match took place on Saturday May 14th, 2016 at Iffley Road Sports Centre, Oxford.
Varsity is uniquely different to all other Dancesport competitions that CUDT have been to so far. Each side enters two teams of nine couples to compete in the Varsity Match (A Team) and Challenge Match (B Team). In each match, each team is divided into three heats – the Home side A,B & C and the away side D,E & F. Each heat then dances against each of the opposite team’s heat in a straight final format where judges mark couples in descending order 1-6. A first mark earns six points for the team and a sixth placing earns 1 point. The scores are then added together across nine finals of each of the four dances – Waltz, Quickstep, Cha-cha-cha and Jive, and the team with the higher score wins. This format requires couples to be all-rounders in both Ballroom and Latin. The high number of final rounds to dance (twelve for each couple across four dances) and the length of each round means that fitness also plays an incredibly important role in this match. The Cambridge Squad has trained incredibly hard in the run up to this competition, determined to keep the Varsity Shield where it belongs.
The day began with the Challenge Match. This year’s Cambridge B Team had a high number of ex-beginners (those who have only started Dancesport since October 2015). This is a reflection of the team’s traditional strength in training home-grown talents. Initially, the competition appeared to be close with both sides displaying some strong dancing. However, Cambridge’s strength in depth quickly showed, especially in the Latin section, resulting in a massive 798 points difference in the total scores.
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Cambridge overwhelmingly won the Challenge Shield. Philipp Verpoort and Nina Friedrich won the Best Latin Couple award, while CUDT veteran Paul Fannon and his partner Sarah Bull won the best Ballroom Couple and Best Overall Couple. Beginner stars Harry Kingdon and Abi Malins won the Best Newcomer award.
The afternoon began with the Varsity Match. The Oxford side had some very strong dancers but the Cambridge team was more than prepared to rise up to the challenge. In the Waltz, the competition appeared to be too close to call with some very strong dancing from both sides. However, the consistent fitness training the Cambridge team underwent soon paid off in the Quickstep – a dance that typically required much more stamina than the Waltz – and Cambridge edged ahead. The Latin dances have traditionally been a strength of Cambridge and the team quickly widened the gap with some very strong dancing.
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Cambridge won its fifth consecutive Varsity title. Outgoing Captain Kien Trinh and his partner Kirsty Mary Davies won the Best Ballroom, Best Latin and Best Overall Couple award for the Cambridge side. The Best Newcomer award went to Michael Ha and Maria Ouvarova. As a separate event, CUDT Head Coach David Mallabone also announced the Couple of the Year award, chosen by CUDT’s distinguished panel of coaches for the couple who has displayed the truest CUDT spirit in work ethics and their support for fellow team mates. Chris May-Miller and Rachel Cummings were deservingly recognised. Despite only just starting their journey in Dancesport as complete beginners in October 2015, both have shown absolute exemplary behaviour both on and off the dancefloor and they received the honour in thundering applause from the team.
The Varsity Match victory sealed off another undefeated year for Cambridge. The team has been the National and Varsity champions for the fifth consecutive year and continues to go from strength to strength. CUDT now looks forward to celebrating its success at the end of the year and to more dancing achievements in the next season, led by incoming Captain and Vice Captain Tom Nelson and Tom Brown.
To celebrate the 2016 Cancer Research UK Boat Races, the Ospreys will be hosting a post-race party at The White Horse in Fulham.
Tickets cost £20, which includes a drinks reception and canapés. This event will be a great place to reunite with Ospreys from across the university during the Easter vacation, as well as providing a great start to the evening before the official after party at Mahiki!
Sign up for your ticket here.
If you have any questions, contact the junior committee.