Sadly, our time as your Ospreys committee for 2017-2018 has come to an end. It has been a pleasure to have been your committee for the past year! What a wonderful, progressive year it has been for Women’s sport in Cambridge.
On Thursday the 14th of June we held our last Ospreys event of the academic year, the annual Ospreys summer drinks. Having drinks and canapés on the beautiful rooftop of the Varsity hotel was the perfect way to round off another successful year for the Ospreys!
There was a much greater calibre and number of applications for Ospreys bursaries this year, and as a result the total amount awarded was significantly increased in comparison to last year. In making awards, we looked for motivation and commitment, proven excellence in sport at University level, and evidence of promise at the higher national level. In determining the amount of the awards, access to other University and College support was taken into account.
The Ospreys and Non-Ospreys who received awards this year, and which sport(s) they play are mentioned below. Congratulations to all those who received bursaries this year!
Alice Middleton – Rugby Alice White – Rowing Amy Edwards – Hockey Anira Perera – Squash Anna Gibbons – Pentathalon Anna Prescott – Sailing Becca Frake – Cross country Bethan Matthew – Sailing Bridget Fryer – Athletics Charlotte Rowlands – Swimming Chloe Billingham – Athletics Claudia Dickinson – Tennis Claudia Feng – Swimming & Waterpolo Dimitris Kousoulidis – Swimming Elena Casacuberta – Tennis Elena Gelzinyte – Fencing Ella Benson – Lacrosse Ellie Lane – Atheltics Emily Pratt – Rugby Emmaline Okafor – Athletics Felicity Eno – Lacrosse Fiona Bunn – Cross country, Orienteering Frederique Briscoe – Hockey George Hopes – Sailing Gerda Bachrati – Football Harriet Nuttall – Shooting Hatty Darling – Hockey Heather Rigby – Volleyball Henry Morley – Sailing Hephzibah Adeson – Athletics Holly Tasker – Cricket Imogen Grant – Rowing James Ackland – Orienteering Jenni Mair – Tennis Jessica Payne – Swimming Joseph Wu – Swimming & Waterpolo Josh Evans – Athletics Julie Wise – Lacrosse Juliette Welham – Sailing Justas Dauparas – Athletics Kaesi Opara – Athletics Kate Marks – Rugby Katherine Gibson – Cricket & Volleyball Katie Clark – Badminton Katrin Heider – Swimming Katy Wilson – Swimming Kerry Mackereth – Cheerleading Lianne Dupont – Dancesport Lou Brett – Rowing Lucia Corry – Hockey Lucy Hart – Powerlifting Maddy Lee – Fencing Marcin Chrapek – Swimming Maya Wright – Volleyball Myriam Goudet – Rowing Neil Paul – Rowing Niamh Bridson Hubbard – Athletics/X country Nik Cerutti – Dancesport Olivia Rowe – Kayaking Paris Thomas – Sailing Paul Hodgson – Pentathalon Paul Pruzina – Orienteering Peter Juhasz – Sailing Rachel Longstaff – Cross country, Athletics, Triathalon Rebecca Hartnell – Rowing Rebecca Lees – Dancesport Rhiannon Osborne – Hockey Samantha Chan – Rugby Serenydd Everden – Lacrosse Sharna-Louise Willis – Korfball Sophie Shapter – Rowing & Football Sophie Tamblyn – Lacrosse Stefanie Neun – Volleyball Stephanie Payne – Rowing Thomas Nelson – Dancesport
On Thursday the 17th of May we held our Annual General Meeting. The first item on the agenda for this meeting was the presentation of the Osprey of the Year and Team of the Year awards. These presentations were followed by hustings for the new junior executive committee. The current Hawks’ President, Seb Tullie, also gave us an update on the current progress with regards to the sharing of the clubhouse between the Hawks and Ospreys. Finally, the evening was rounded off with the presentation of cheques for the Ospreys and Non-Ospreys who had been awarded Ospreys bursaries this year (the recipients of the bursaries will be named in a subsequent website post).
The new Junior Executive Committee will be announced in a following website post once all of the committee has been decided.
The Osprey of the Year Award, selected by the senior committee, takes into account three aspects: sporting excellence, raising the profile of women’s sport and being involved in encouraging girls to join/support their club. This year, this award was given to the well-deserving Alice Middleton from the Women’s Rugby Union Football club (CURUFC Women)! Congratulations Alice!
The Goldman Sach’s Team of the Year award is a generous bursary which they award to a women’s sports team each year.
“Goldman Sachs is delighted to be sponsoring the Ospreys again this year. This funding is available for a team/club who have surpassed expectations and progressed further in BUCS or other relevant competitions than anticipated and have a specific financial need. Whether you are a club of 100+ people or only a few of you, outstanding achievement deserves to be recognised”
This year, the award was given to CURUFC Women. What an excellent season it has been for Women’s Rugby at Cambridge!
The Ospreys were lucky enough to have Nicole Sapstead, the CEO of UK Anti-Doping, as our guest speaker at our final Speaker’s Dinner of the year. The dinner was held in St John’s College, and began with a drinks reception, followed by a lovely dinner. Nicole delivered a thought-provoking speech on the challenges she faces as a woman working in Sport, and how we can help overcome them!
The Ospreys are pleased to announce that Nicole Sapstead will be speaking at the Easter Speaker’s Dinner, which is sadly the final Speaker’s Dinner of the academic year.
Nicole has been the CEO of UK Anti-Doping since 2015, and was listed as one of the 50 most influential women in sport by The Independent Newspaper in 2015. Details on how to RSVP will be emailed out soon!
On Saturday night we hosted our termly Speaker’s dinner at Trinity Hall, which was a delightful, well attended evening with a delicious three-course meal. We were honoured to have Rebecca Rowe as our guest speaker, who is a multi-sport international athlete who has competed at 4 world championships in 3 different sports! She delivered a very motivational speech about her sporting journey, which was well received by the Ospreys in attendance.
The Ospreys would like to thank Rebecca for her inspirational speech, which really was the cherry on top of a lovely evening!
On the evening of Pancake Day, we hosted a social at Fitzbillies. The Ospreys were treated with pancakes, Chelsea buns and hot chocolates – which was all good fuel for the upcoming Varsity Match weekends!
On Friday the 17th of November, the Ospreys were delighted to welcome our guest speaker: GB hockey player Helen Richardson-Walsh (Olympic Gold and Bronze medalist, European Champion and Quadruple Olympian).
To begin the wonderful evening, which took place at Downing College, there was a pre-dinner Champagne reception where there was the opportunity to mingle and meet one another prior to the dinner.
The three course meal was exceptional, as was the memorable speech delivered by Helen. Helen’s speech mentioned some very powerful ideas on winning mentality and culture, which could translate well to any sport. We were grateful to Helen for bringing along the Olympic Gold medal that she obtained at Rio 2016, and allowing each of the Ospreys to hold it and take pictures with it. It was so inspiring to be able to see an Olympic Gold medal up close!
The Ospreys’ committee 2017-18 with GB hockey player and Olympic Gold Medalist Helen Richardson-Walsh at the 2017 Michaelmas Speaker’s Dinner. From left to right: Rhianna Miller, Emily Coales, Georgina Shepherd, (Helen Richardson-Walsh), Lizzie Withers, Claudia Feng, Blythe Burkhart and Emmaline Okafor
Ospreys Committee member Emmaline Okafor with guest speaker Helen Richardson-Walsh and her Olympic Gold Medal
The Ospreys would like to say a huge thank you to Helen for speaking at our dinner, and we look forward to keeping in touch.