Oxford University athletes set to compete at Glasgow Commonwealth Games

Oxford University athletes set to compete at Glasgow Commonwealth Games

Posted on: July 5th, 2014

  • Bronze for Dan Fox with England Hockey
Daily Updates…

Tuesday 29th July

  • England men’s hockey, featuring Oxford University graduate Dan Fox, lose 2-1 to New Zealand
  • James Jurkiewicz set to swim for Guernsey in the 4 x 100m medley heats at 11:30am


Monday 28th July

  • Dan Hooker makes the final as fastest loser from the heats and finishes 7th in the T37 100m final.
  • From the Oxford Mail’s Ed Mezzetti…”Daniel Hooker said he may retire after finishing seventh in the T37 100m final. The 22-year-old Oxford University graduate was blown away by the atmosphere at Hampden Park and admitted it was probably a good way to bow out. England’s Hooker, who has cerebral palsy, clocked 13.15secs in a race won by South Africa’s Fanie Van Der Merwe (11.65,) so missed out on breaking his personal best of 12.79. “This might be my last race,” he said. “I can’t think of a better atmosphere to finish in. If that was the last race I ever run, that was all you could ever hope for other than winning. That would be a pretty incredible last memory of being a track runner.”
  • James Jurkiewicz finished sixth in his 200m backstroke heat, clocking 2mins 11.61secs

Sunday 27th July

  • Oxford graduate, Luke Caldwell (Scotland) came 13th in the 5,000 metres in 13.43.75.
  • Dan Fox, helped England hockey men trounce Malaysia 7-1
  • Former Oxford University student Ben Moreau finished 14th in the men’s marathon. Moreau was England’s third man home in 2hrs 16mins 50secs. He said to the Oxford Mail: “The crowd was amazing. You would be running through a residential area and people would be running out of their drive to cheer you on. “Being English, I was not expecting a lot of support from the Scots, but it was amazing and they were all out there shouting.”

Saturday 26th

  • Unfortunately, England captain and 2011 Oxford Blue Tom Mitchell was ruled out of the rugby sevens tournament after a foot injury on day one at Ibrox.
  • James Jurkiewicz swims in the 50m backstroke.

Friday 25th

  • No Oxford alum in action

Thursday 24th July


Six Dark Blues past and present are selected to represent their respective countries in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow this Summer.

Tom Mitchell (Photo/RFU)

Tom Mitchell (Photo/RFU)

Tom Mitchell, Rugby Union 7’s (England) Follow @TBobbyMitchell

Ibrox Stadium on Sat 26 & Sun 27 July…. England’s Pool D fixtures on Sat 26 July Sri Lanka (13:34pm), Uganda (18:24pm) and Australia at (21:48pm) live on the BBC

IRB Sevens Player of the Year nominee and the HSBC Sevens World Series highest point-scorer, continues as captain, having taken on the role in January… former Bristol University undergrad and studied Historical Studies at Kellogg College, Oxford winning a Blue in 2011 with victory at Twickenham.


Luke Caldwell

Luke Caldwell

Luke Caldwell, 5000m & 10000m (Scotland) @LukeACaldwell

Sunday 27 July 14:30 Men’s 5,000m final…. 1 August evening session 10,000m final

2012 Oxford graduate… University of New Mexico 5,000m record holder… NCAA All-American in 5,000m, cross-country, indoor track… GB athlete


Dan Hooker

Dan Hooker

Daniel Hooker, T37 100m (England)

@OUAthletics will be providing updates on Dan’s progress

Competes on Monday 28 July, 11:05am; 20:40pm

2013 OUAC Men’s Captain…Personal Best 12.76secs…won the BUCS Disability 100m for London University this year in 13.22secs….set to compete alongside reigning two time Paralympic Champion Fanie van de Merwe… T37 involves athletes with cerebral palsy

Ben Moreau, Marathon (England) @Ben_Moreau

Races on Sunday 27 July, 9am

Finished 11th over the 26.2-mile marathon distance at Delhi 2010

Dan Fox (Photo/England Hockey)

Dan Fox (Photo/England Hockey)

Dan Fox, Hockey (England) @Danfox450

England’s pool fixtures: 24 July vs Trinitad & Tobago 19:00, 27 July vs Malaysia 19:00, 9 July vs New Zealand 09:00, 31 July vs Canada 09:00

Since making his Int’l debut in 2009 Dan has notched up numerous caps, making his Olympic debut at London 2012, and also has a silver medal from the 2010 Champions Trophy in Mönchengladbach…Also a very good cricketer; in 2004 he scored 104 for Oxford in the Varsity Match and boasts a higher first class average (73.75) than West Indies legend Brian Lara (51.88)… Studied Geography at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford and is now a qualified teacher.

James Jurkiewicz (Photo/Guernsey Sports Commission)

James Jurkiewicz, Photo/Guernsey Sports Commission

James Jurkiewicz, Swimming (Guernsey) @JamesJurkiewicz

24 July morning session 100m Backstroke heats… Sat 26 July morning session 50m Backstroke heat; evening semi-final… Sun 27 July evening session 50m Backstroke final… 28 July 200m Backstroke heat morning; evening final. Part of 4×100 medley and 4x100m freestyle and 4x100m medley. 

Backstroke swimmer… Graduated this year in Engineering from Hertford College… The Tab interviewed him recently below…

How do you feel about your opportunity to compete in the 2014 Commonwealth Games?
“I feel really privileged to be a part of it, and being from Guernsey gives a great opportunity for athletes to compete on a world stage.”

What are you most excited about?
“I’m most excited about the prospect of making a final.”

How do you balance your training and your studies?
“Balancing training and work this term has been pretty tough, as I have had my finals. I’ve just been getting up early ans training every morning, and then working all day and training again after dinner. It actually helped me to structure my time.”

When can we catch you competing on TV?
“Thursday morning is the 100 back heats, with semi finals in the afternoon. Then I’m racing on the mornings of the 26th and 28th.”


The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games takes place form 23 July – 3 August 2014.

We wish all the athletes the best of luck and will be reporting on their progress!

If you are, or know of, a current student, staff member, alumnus or member that is competing and we have missed (or we have made any mistakes) please get in touch by email, on Twitter @oxfordunisport or Facebook
Simon Griffin
Ben Moreau. Photo/Mark Shearman

Ben Moreau. Photo/Mark Shearman

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