University of Cambridge

Honouring Achievement

The Ospreys are dedicated to raising the profile of women’s sport in Cambridge, recognising achievement, and bringing University sportswomen together. As such, the Ospreys offer a set of annual awards to honour outstanding performance and contribution.

Ospreys Bursaries

The Ospreys seek to provide financial support for our members in the form of Bursary awards. Hawks & Ospreys Charitable Trust Awards.

The Trust’s objects are:
“a) to advance the education of students of the University of Cambridge, including their physical education and development;

b) the award of bursaries and scholarships or provision of other financial assistance to young persons at or who have accepted a place at Cambridge University who or whose parents are in need of financial assistance.”

More information can be found here

Osprey of the Year Award

The Osprey of the Year award honours a Cambridge sportswoman who has exemplified everything it means to be an Osprey. The recipient has achieved sporting excellence, contributed to raising the profile of women’s sport at Cambridge, and encouraged the development of other University sportswomen.

All Ospreys are eligible for this award and candidates are chosen based upon peer nomination. The final recipient is selected by the Ospreys Committee.

Our 2022 Osprey of the Year is Alice Good.

Alice’s achievements this year include winning HM The Queen’s Prize as one of the approximately 1000 competitors worldwide which indluded former Commonwealth Games gold medallists. She is only the 3rd woman to win the Competition in 150 years, and was awarded the post-nominla letters GM (“gold medal”) with personal congratulations from The Queen. In additon, Alice captained CURA this year, winning all Varsity matches. She has been selected for GBU25 and England for the National match next year. Alice also won the Notman (top student in Oxford and Cambridge) in the Cambridge Long Range Club Match Rifle Competition

Team of the Year Award

The ‘Team of the Year award’ honours a Cambridge University sports team or club that has had an exemplary season and as a result have had extra costs associated with this success.

All university sports clubs at Cambridge that include female members are eligible for this award. Nominations may be for a whole club or one team within a club; applications are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Our 2022 Team of the Year is the Women’s Blues Ski Team.

The Blues’ Ski Team won the 2021 Varsity Races by a huge margin. They convincingly beat Oxford in the Giant Slalom by an enormous margin of 25.5 seconds. In the Slalom race, two of Cambridge’s four top racers did not finish their second run, made especially difficult by the conditions, but the team showed excellent depth in standard and managed to maintain a 9-second lead. Overall, Cambridge raced to an extremely impressive 34.58 second lead over Oxford. All six members of the team were awarded Half Blues for their performance and contribution. This year’s team showed incredible individual performance, as well as improvement from intensive pre-season training. The club’s growing numbers have also provided excellent depth in standard.