The inaugural presentation of the BNY Mellon Sport Awards recently took place in the President’s Garden at Magdalen College.
The awards scheme was established earlier this year to recognise achievement and involvement in sport of students at Oxford.
Ten awards were made available by generous funding from BNY Mellon, with applicants being asked to demonstrate their commitment to representing the University at the highest level as well as how a grant of £500 would help them to fulfil their sporting objectives in 2014/15.
Presenting the awards, Jamie Brookes (International Head of Marketing and Corporate Affairs at BNY Mellon) said,
“BNY Mellon is enormously proud of its relationship with Oxford University, especially in the field of academic and sporting excellence. These awards are designed to recognise and develop these young sportsmen and women, helping them gain greater access to the tools they need to succeed and enabling them to focus on their studies and training. We were very impressed by the quality of the entries and look forward to seeing this programme develop further next year.”
Professor David Clary (President of Magdalen College and Chairman of the University Sports Strategy Committee), who kindly hosted the event, commented,
“Sport plays an important part in the life of the University, and supporting our sportsmen and women is something that we feel very passionately about. We are therefore extremely grateful that BNY Mellon, building on their sponsorship of the Boat Race, have generously agreed to fund these awards, which reflect the fact that the pursuit of excellence in sport not only requires a great deal of dedication and hard work, it can also be a costly endeavour.”
One of the first cohort of BNY Mellon Sport Award winners, rower Rebecca Lane expressed her gratitude for the award, saying,
“Moving into the 2014-2015 season, I aim to trial for the U23 GB rowing team with the goal of being selected to row in the double or quad at the World U23 Championships. Alongside this, I will be trialling with Oxford University Women’s Lightweight Rowing Club for my third Henley Boat Race with the Club. The BNY Mellon Sport Award will make a big difference in helping me to afford the expensive fees associated with rowing, as well as enabling me to invest in more support to help achieve my goals.”
The BNY Mellon Award Recipients 2014
- Rebecca Lane – Lightweight Rowing (Jesus College, Geography)
- Katherine Hickson – Modern Pentathlon (St Catherine’s College, Geography)
- Sophia Saller – Triathlon (St Catherine’s College, Mathematics)
- Laura Fenwick – Triathlon (Lady Margaret Hall, Chemistry)
- Alex Smith – Archery (Brasenose College, Economics and Management)
- Katherine Bailey – Lacrosse (Worcester College, English)
- Harriet Dixon – Fencing (Somerville College, French and Italian)
- Aidan Smith – Orienteering (St John’s College, PPE)
- Samuel Trigg – Long & Triple Jump (Worcester College, Biological Sciences)
- Andrew Brooker – Rifle (Merton College, PPE)
Photo: John Cairns