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.

Ospreys’ Welcome Drinks and the upcoming Speaker’s Dinner

Last Tuesday evening we hosted welcome drinks and nibbles at the Hawks’ club. This event was open to both current Ospreys and potential future Ospreys (freshers new to university sports teams and existing university sportswomen who are not yet Ospreys). There was a great turnout from both familiar faces and fresh faces. What a fun evening it was!

Current and potential future Ospreys at the welcome drinks at Hawks’ Club

We look forward to the next Ospreys social event, which will be our first Speaker’s Dinner of the year! We are lucky enough to have GB hockey player Helen Richardson-Walsh as our guest speaker. See below for more details:

Poster for the Michaelmas Speaker’s Dinner

The Incoming Ospreys’ Committee

After the results of the AGM earlier on in May, the final incoming committee places have been confirmed:

President: Lizzie Withers; CUWLC; Trinity.

Vice-President: Georgina Shepherd; CULTC, CURFC; Emmanuel.

Treasurer: Emmaline Okafor; CUAC; Newnham.

Secretary: Blythe Burkhart; CUWLC, CUCPSC, CUSSC, CUPC; Homerton.

The non-exec committee members are chosen by the outgoing and incoming committees. These roles are filled by the unsuccessful exec applicants and those who specifically applied too. The results are:

Kit Secretary: Emily Coales; CUWLC; Trinity Hall.

Publicity: Maxine Meju; CUAC; Fitzwilliam.

Ents Officers: Claudia Feng; CUSWPC; Trinity & Rhianna Miller; CUHC; Fitzwilliam.

Access Officer: Kate Marks; CURUFCW; Murray Edwards.

The official handover will be taking place at the Ospreys’ Summer Drinks on Thursday the 15th June at 5.30pm at the Varsity Hotel and Spa, Cambridge. It is always a lovely event, with the canapés and champagne flowing. Unfortunately, places are already filled, and there is a waiting list if you did not manage a spot, so keep an eye on those emails! We look forward to seeing you there, and if not at Hawks event 2017.

The Outgoing Junior Committee x

summer drinks


The Ospreys’ AGM 2017

Wednesday the 10th of May saw the return of the annual general meeting, where Osprey of the Year and Team of the Year awards are presented, as well as hustings for the junior exec committee. This year was unlike any other with the idea of sharing the clubhouse with the Hawks being proposed for general discussion.

Hawks’ President Jamie Giddins was present for questioning and to emphasise how he and the entire committee entirely support this proposal and it is a very exciting prospect moving in the correct direction of equality and a shared front for sport in Cambridge. There was a unanimous vote amongst present Ospreys for the proposal, and it will be put towards an email vote in the near future.

The hustings this year were very competitive and there were a lot of strong candidates, results will be released shortly, and be updated on this article. Below is a list of the candidates going for junior exec roles:

Claudia Feng; Swimming & Waterpolo; Third Year Mathematician at Trinity
Emily Coales; Lacrosse; Third Year Engineer at Trinity Hall
Lizzie Withers; Lacrosse; Third Year Engineer at Trinity
Vice President:
Georgina Shepherd; Tennis; Fourth Year Medic at Emmanuel
Emmaline Okafor; Athletics; Second Year Chemical Engineer at Newnham
Claudia Feng; Swimming & Waterpolo; Third Year Mathematician at Trinity
Emily Coales; Lacrosse; Third Year Engineer at Trinity Hall
Blythe Burkhart; Lacrosse, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Polo, Skiing; First Year MML at Homerton
Finally, the results of the two awards that occur each year:
The Osprey of the Year Award, this award is chosen by the senior committee and takes into account three aspects: Sporting Excellence; Raising the profile of Women in Sport; Being involved in encouraging girls to join / supporting their club. This year, we are delighted to announce the winner to be Kirsty Davies from the Dancesport Team. Congratulations Kirsty!
Kirsty with Senior Committee Chairperson Mary Blackman

The second award is the Goldman Sach’s Team of the Year, which is a generous bursary recognising an excellent season, but also teams that have financial need:

“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”

The junior committee shortlisted two teams which was then passed onto Goldman Sach’s who made final decision to award team of the year to the Netball Club! Congratulations girls on a fantastic season, and good luck for the next year in your newly promoted league in BUCS. Below is Hayley Smith, Women’s Captain being presented with a bottle of Champagne by Junior President Freddie Hampel.

Hayley Smith, Captain of Ladies Netball: The Goldman Sach’s Team of the Year 2017

Thanks for attending, and see you all at summer drinks!

The Junior Committee x


The Ospreys at The Varsity Match 2016

Thursday 8th December saw The Ospreys return to Twickenham for our inaugural networking lunch. This year, we were invited to join in on the Networking Breakfast which saw 4 guest speakers talk about Resilience and Getting Over the Line in Women’s Sport. Sarah Winckless, former British rower started off the talks, and what followed was some really interesting and conversation provoking topics.

Sarah Winckless – starting off the breakfast networking event speeches

After the breakfast we congregated over to our seats to watch the women’s match, after last year’s 52 nil defeat we were confident for a light blue win.

Oxf*rd were the first to draw blood with a penalty kick to be three points up around 15mins into first half, and the rest of the match was disappointingly the same. Cambridge really dominating possession and having all the pressure but not quite managing to make anything of it. The entire second half was dominated by Cambridge who were playing almost exclusively in the Oxford defending half, but sadly no tries nor points were scored by either team, resulting in a rather underwhelming 3-0 loss to Cambridge. Unlucky to the girls, there is always next year, plus, the return fixture in BUCS were they are sure to assert their dominance and get that well-deserved win against the other side.

The main event of the day followed with a lunch in the Twickenham hospitality suite where there was plenty of wine and an open bar, which The Ospreys thoroughly enjoyed.

Some resident Ospreys enjoying their lunch and wine

There was a strong contingent of both resident and alumnae Ospreys (and their families) in presence which was nice to see and encourage some catching up with recent graduates.

After the lunch, we headed out to watch the 135th Mens Varsity Match, a lot rested on Captain Daniel Dass of Cambridge’s shoulders who did not want to lead the men into a 7th successive loss. This would have resulted in the most losses in a row, ever, in a varsity match…

Oxford were the first to draw blood, in a similar fashion to their female counterparts scoring a penalty kick within the first few minutes, this did not stop Cambridge who just came back even stronger and proved to be the better side resulting in a great performance and a 23-18 win for the light blues.p1050032

What a day. Until next year Twickenham. #GDBO

(Photos are up on our Facebook page here )