Ospreys Committee handover

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.

The Ospreys committee for 2018-2019:

  • President – Emmaline Okafor
  • Vice President – Lucy Hart
  • Treasurer – Blythe Burkhart
  • Secretary – Jessie Shea
  • Events – Julie Wise & Rhiannon Osbourne
  • Publicity – Tiwa Adebayo
  • Kit – Holly Tasker
  • Access – Olivia Dadge
  • Welfare – Georgina Shepherd

Best of luck to the incoming committee! 

Ospreys Bursaries

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

Ospreys AGM – 17th May

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!

Osprey of the Year Alice Middleton (left) holding her trophy, which was presented to her by senior committee member Mary Blackman (right).

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!

CURUFC Women’s Team Manager Sophie Farrant (left) and Team Captain Lara Gibson (right) being presented with a bottle of Champagne.

Easter Term Speaker’s Dinner – 26th April

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!

What a wonderful night it was!

Dr Pat Marsh, Connie Hsueh (Churchill, Waterpolo), Nicole Sapstead (the speaker UKAD) Claudia Feng (Trinity, Waterpolo, Swimming), Maxine Meju (Fitzwilliam, Rugby, Athletics) at the reception for the Speakers Dinner arranged by the Osprey's
Connie Hsueh (Churchill College, Waterpolo), Nicole Sapstead (Guest Speaker), Claudia Feng (Trinity college, Waterloo & Swimming), Maxine Meju (Fitzwilliam College, Rugby & Athletics) at the drinks reception
Nicole Sapstead who was the speaker at the Speaker's Dinner arranged by the Ospreys'
Nicole Sapstead (Guest Speaker) at the drinks reception
Roshni Becker , Katie Gibson (Pembroke, Cricket), Holly Tasker (Caius, Cricket) at the reception for the Speakers Dinner arranged by the Osprey's , Katie Gibson (Pembroke, Cricket), Holly Tasker (Caius, Cricket) and Dr Pat Marsh at the reception for the S
Roshni Becker, Katie Gibson (Pembroke College, Cricket), Holly Tasker (Caius, Cricket) and Dr Pat Marsh at the drinks reception



Easter Term Speaker’s Dinner

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!

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Lent Term Speaker’s Dinner – 17th March

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!

Michaelmas Speaker’s Dinner – 17th Nov

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 would like to say a huge thank you to Helen for speaking at our dinner, and we look forward to keeping in touch.