Madeleine Sava bids farewell as outgoing Sports Fed President

Madeleine Sava bids farewell as outgoing Sports Fed President

By Madeleine Sava – Oxford University Sports Federation President 2013-14 (outgoing)
Follow me on Twitter @MadeleineSava

“Wow, how time flies! I can’t believe that it’s my final day in the Sports Federation, and what a year it’s been!

When I arrived here in the office on my first day, just over a year ago now, I was warned by many of my colleagues that I would blink and my time here will be over, and they weren’t wrong.

It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was writing my speech for the Sports Federation Awards night back in November or watching some amazing Varsity performances at Iffley Road in early March.

One of my highlights from the Jaguar Land Rover Varsity Games 2014 was watching the Dancesport Varsity match, I had never seen competitive Dancesport before – the costumes and facial expressions were really something!

This year has definitely been a sharp learning curve. When I started in the office back in July I didn’t really know what to expect. That was soon to change. I was thrown into the deep end from day one, liaising with sponsors, deciding on budget allocation and editing the Annual Review 2013.

I would like to thank my colleagues in the Sports Federation office for putting up with my while I learnt how to do things and who supported me so much throughout the year!

What has really made my year this year and something I have enjoyed the most during my time as Sports Federation President has been meeting and working with the student club committees so closely.

I have really relished sitting on different student committees and getting to know the sportsmen and women I represent!

The Annual Awards Night was also a lot of fun where elite athletes and teams of the University were recognised and congratulated.

I am pleased to say that we have managed, once again, to (just!) beat Cambridge in the BUCS rankings this year. Oxford came in at 13th place and Cambridge 14th.

I am confident with hard work, training and further financial support we can climb our way back into the top 10! Good luck to all teams and individuals for next season.

I am extremely proud of all that I have achieved this year, the experience and memories that I have collected will stay with me forever! This year has been the perfect end to my Oxford life! Thank you to everyone who I have come into contact with and who has made this year so fruitful and special!

Good luck to Tom Carver who begins his year as President in August.”

This is part of a regular series of blog posts featuring views from different members of the sporting community at Oxford. Come back every week for a new post, and view them all on our blog feed

Next month we will hear from Tom Carver, Sports Federation President 2014-15 on his plans and aspirations for the year ahead.


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