Successful Sporting Students Celebrated at our Annual Awards

Successful Sporting Students Celebrated at our Annual Awards

Posted on: November 15th, 2013

The new season may have kicked-off but, on Friday night our students paused to reflect on the 2012-13 season and honour each other’s achievements.

On a cold, autumn evening within a spectacularly decorated marquee at OURFC, Sports Federation President Madeleine Sava opened the dinner with a round-up of the previous year. Over two hundred students and alumni gathered to reflect on the past sporting year and consign it to the history books. With awards to celebrate, short-listed nominees had been awaiting eagerly to know the results.

Also, the countdown to the Jaguar Land Rover Varsity Games 2014 has officially begun with the unveiling of a new promotional video, which you can see on our YouTube channel.

Representatives from all our sponsors and also previous President, Hannah McKay, awarded the winners with their awards. Acceptance speeches from students, as you would expect, included a few barely masked jokes at Cambridge’s expense!

We are proud to have awarded the following individuals with our awards:

  • Nike OUsportshop Club of the Year – Triathlon
  • Walter’s Sportsman of the Year – Tom Lees
  • BP Sportswoman of the Year – Layla Guscoth
  • Coach of the Year – Mark Thomas
  • Jaguar Land Rover Team Performance of the Year – Modern Pentathlon (pictured)
  • Cuppers Trophy – St Catherine’s
  • Atalanta’s Teammate of the Year – Naomi Webber
  • Vincent’s Norman Bryce Smiley Trophy– David Phillips

As we have celebrated all the Dark Blue success of the year, the teams have been inspired to continue working their best to strive for excellence as they now put their heads down and train towards their goals, and ultimately to “Shoe the Tabs”!

This event would not be possible without the kind support of our sponsors:

  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • BP
  • Nike and Kitlocker
  • Walter’s of Oxford
  • Atalanta’s
  • Vincent’s

Photos from the event are viewable here

The winners and nominations speak for themselves of the numerous contributions by Oxford Students during their time with us. The nominations are written out in full below, and you can find out what our students, coaches, and teams have been up to help make them stand out in their sport, or sports!

Atalanta’s Teammate of the Year

Atalanta’s brings together Oxford’s leading sportswomen and promotes women’s sport within and outside of the University. This award was created to recognise an important aspect of team sport that often goes unrecognised in lieu of pure sporting ability. It recognises commitment to sport and teammates, positive attitude, belief in herself and others, ability to motivate and lead, and a selfless attitude.

Tatiana Cutts – Women’s Rugby

Tatiana is a spectacular captain – enthusiastic, welcoming, encouraging, hardworking, talented and extremely thoughtful. The team has already made amazing progress under her leadership in less than a term and thanks to her we have a whole new set of fresh faces eager to play. However, aside from this Tatts is always willing to go the extra mile (sometimes literally). In the Summer she swam the Channel in a team to raise money for the Mind Your Head campaign showing continual dedication and an amazing attitude.

Beth Denham – Lacrosse

Beth has been a truly inspirational captain. Although she worked hard to reverse the lacrosse blue’s 6 year losing spell to Cambridge, it’s not for this reason that she’s an excellent team mate.

Beth’s determination both on and off the pitch, either to win or have a good time with the team, is infectious. She managed the balance of being tough when it was needed, and supportive the rest of the time with such ease, I doubt she even noticed she was doing it. Always putting the team and its needs first, even if they didn’t always realise it, she was selfless in her time towards the girls. Of course she would never tell them, because she just did what needed to be done and never asked for or wanted any recognition for it.

It was tough to lose Beth at the end of last year but, her commitment to Oxford lacrosse and all the girls still persists. Not only did she appear at our preseason training, she’s since been back to practice a further two times already this term and calls weekly to find out our scores and how the matches went. Some might say keen, we prefer to call her a lax geek.

Naomi Webber – Cross Country (WINNER)

It would be difficult to find someone who better embodies the qualities recognised by the Atalanta’s Teammate of the Year award than Naomi. She was Women’s Captain of the Cross Country Club last year and is Club Captain this year. Naomi ran on the Blues team last year and, whilst running at a very high level herself, she always has time to encourage runners of all abilities and make everyone feel welcome in the club.

Naomi consistently goes far above and beyond the call of duty. She leads by example in both attitude and training, has limitless enthusiasm and is not only a natural leader but also a brilliant team-mate and friend. Her positivity and obvious love of the sport are infectious and under her captaincy, the number of girls regularly attending club sessions has increased enormously. Despite being injured this term, Naomi is always there to cheer others on in both races and training sessions and she does so with a smile on her face. She takes pleasure in seeing her team-mates succeed, and encourages and believes in them every step of the way.

It is Naomi’s selfless generosity which sets her apart. From providing goody bags before exams to sending a cheering text when a team-mate is ill, she goes out of her way to help others. Her personalised pre-race cards motivate everyone while the post-race cakes and brownies she makes are legendary.

Jennifer Bandi – Basketball

Jenny was captain of the women’s basketball team this year.  This involved organizing practice schedule, as well as frustrating things such as bus and car transportation and away matches.  She was, athletically, well above her peers, yet she had such a patient, positive attitude towards her teammates.  Often, at times,she ran practices as well, when the coach was unable to participate.  She was a star!

 Vincent’s Norman Bryce Smiley Trophy

Vincent’s club is proud to award the Norman Smiley Trophy to a sportsperson who displays the characteristics most valued by Norman Smiley both on and off the field of play; humility in one’s success, morality in one’s ambition, pride in one’s ability and willingness to add value to ones surroundings.

Oliver Lobo – Hockey

Olie captained the Men’s Blues in 2012/3, as the third youngest member of the side. After a tough season the previous year, which had seen some discontent in the side, he brought together a real mix of new and experienced players through one of the calmest and most understated styles of leadership I have encountered. Everyone knew where they stood, everyone had absolute confidence in his ideas and decisions, and yet also felt able to put forward suggestions of their own, in short he bred a collegiate atmosphere of shared purpose.

Olie is a superb player, teammate, and friend, but at no point does he come across as showy or arrogant. He evidently backs his ability absolutely, but does so in a quiet way which inspires confidence in those around him. He makes other players look good, and his captaincy will be looked back on fondly by all those who played under him.

James Harris – Rugby

James ‘Bomber’ Harris arrived at OURFC in 2012 from Wasps, having also played internationally for Wales 7s. Despite having played at the highest level, he has never been anything apart from humble, hard-working and utterly dedicated to the university rugby club. Forced by injury to JC to take on captaincy in the varsity match, he led from the front with an outstanding display that challenged Sam Egerton for the man of the match award. It is hard to put into words how much the entire club membership respects James, and to me he embodies everything that the Normal Smiley award stands for.

Ben Williams – Cricket

Ben brought the best out of all around him personally and in sport. Ben was a member of Oxford University Cricket Club and the Oxford MCCU Academy from his arrival at university. A talented schoolboy cricketer he continued in rich vein of form with bat and ball whilst at Oxford. In 2012 Ben captained both OUCC and the MCCU. Incredibly organised and friendly, he was a true team player throughout his time at university.

David Phillips – Squash (WINNER)

Following the 2012 squash Varsity Match, in which he played the reserve string, David Phillips was voted in by the squash club as the Men’s Blues Captain for the 2012-2013 season – a mark of the respect held for him within the club.

Dave was at the forefront of these successes, with his dedication to improving his own game unparalleled within the squad, along with constantly displaying an unselfish enthusiasm to help his other team-mates improve

Dave’s improvement come the 2013 Varsity Match was reflected by his playing in the third string match (having played sixth the previous year). In the gruelling heat of the RAC courts, Dave won a five-game marathon in part due to technical skill, but predominantly though sheer determination and the rewards of the long hours spent in fitness training over summer – acknowledged by the Cambridge Student newspaper, who would concede that Dave was “extremely fit and fast” when reporting on the match. Dave showed humility in an agonisingly close defeat. Dave was also awarded the Oxford man of the match, which is voted on by alumni attending the match.

Tatiana Cutts – Women’s Rugby

Tatiana is a spectacular captain – enthusiastic, welcoming, encouraging, hardworking, talented and extremely thoughtful. The team has already made amazing progress under her leadership in less than a term and thanks to her we have a whole new set of fresh faces eager to play. However, aside from this Tatts is always willing to go the extra mile (sometimes literally). In the Summer she swam the Channel in a team to raise money for the Mind Your Head campaign showing continual dedication and an amazing attitude.

Coach of the Year

This award may be presented to any coach of a University sports club who has made a real difference to the club’s experience and performance.

Christine Wilson – Women’s Boat Club

Christine was the biggest single factor contributing to OUWBC’s success this year. Through her coaching, leadership and insight the club has had one of its most dominant years in memory.

Under Christine’s expert guidance the Blue Boat won the Newton Women’s Boat race beating Cambridge by 1 and ¾ lengths. Osiris won the Reserve Boat Race beating Blondie by an enormous 6 lengths. The club were winners of the Championship Eight, Intermediate Eight and the Intermediate Quad at the BUCS championships in May. Also, they were very proud winners of the Senior 8+ at Henley Women’s Regatta, beating 4 crew from the USA en route. They also qualified for the Remenham Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta, were the fastest two women’s coxed fours overall at the Fours Head in November and represented the University at the Diamond Jubilee Rowing Championships in October.

James Wade – Rugby Union

James joined OURFC on the recommendation of Blues Captain John Carter who was impressed with James’ ability in developing young players when he was coaching at SALE. James is now into his 3rd Varsity campaign and has no intention of feeling the hurt of a loss this coming December.  Since he has come on board the club have won 8 out of 10 Varsity Men’s matches, looking to make it a clean sweep this year.  As well as his obvious skills as a coach, James has been able to use his contacts in the professional game so that the club has benefitted from being coached by some of the best players in the Premiership including England and South African Internationals.

Equally importantly, James has been instrumental in forming an exit strategy for players when they leave Oxford and players have gone on to sign professionally for England 7’s whilst others are playing at National League level.

OURFC have full confidence in James to keep taking the club forward and also to deliver Varsity results and as such have renewed his contract for a further two years.

Mark Thomas – Athletics (WINNER)

Mark is now celebrating his 10th anniversary of joining OUAC and has just achieved some of the best results yet. Mark is primarily a 400m coach, and his mile relay squad had a season of unprecedented success. On the Oxbridge Tour of the Ivey League a team comprising solely Oxford runners beat combined teams from Harvard/Yale and Penn/Cornell, the first time a British team had finished the tour unbeaten in that event. The team won bronze at BUCS championships in a new Oxford University record time of 3.15.27.

Working with both team captains Mark has helped them to achieve more than ever before with Nadine Prill becoming the first athlete in the 149 year history of the Varsity match to retain the sprint treble (100m,200m,400m.) On the men’s side Daniel Hooker rose to his highest ever placing in the Disability Category T37 in 100m making him 21st in the World and 6th in the Commonwealth.

All Athletes that Mark works with at Oxford will testify to his willingness to involve athletes in making decisions about their own training but also his vast experience guiding them with some incredibly tough training sessions.

Mark has helped produce some spectacular performances this season and with four of the relay quad still at Oxford for two more years, the best may be yet to come!

David Mace – Boxing

Dave has transformed OUABC having worked his way up the ranks, and taking the title of Head Coach very recently following the retirement of his predecessor.  He has turned the club from being considered ‘an easy Blue’ to being a blue that is hard fought and hard earned, having turned Varsity results from an embarrassing 9-0 loss in 2009 to having won 6-3 for the last 3 years.

This year saw the first boxing ‘preseason’ which will prove invaluable come varsity.  Dave has also done a huge amount for Women’s boxing making sure that time in every session is spent with the ladies. They are now amongst the most formidable on the circuit, their commitment and success is largely due to the dedication of Dave.

Through excellent organisation, delegation and coaching of groups and individuals from beginners to boxers, his tireless and incredibly loyal coaching has been invaluable to OUABC: The club truly believes that in recognition of many things, not least his hat-trick of Varsity victories complete last year, he is fully deserving of this prize which would a small token of their gratitude to him.

Chris and Carol Doherty – Judo

Chris and Carol have been with Oxford Judo for 13 years and in this time their valuable coaching has resulted in 55 BUCS medals, throughout a combination of individual novice, black belt and team events.

The past season has been one of the most successful for the club. The Men’s team took a 4th consecutive win against Cambridge 6-1; they also came 2nd in BUCS with team silver and 3 individual gold medals. Two of those gold medallists went on to the European University Judo Championships, not the first time the club has achieved this with 2 gold medallists competing in Europe 2 years ago as well.

Carol is a 5th Dan BJC black belt, BJA level 3 Coach, UKCC level 2 coach and former BJC National Women assistant Coach.

Chris is a BJA 6th Dan Black belt, has a BSc(Hons) Degree in Sports Performance, is a European Judo Union Level 5 elite Performance Judo Coach, he works for the BJA as his day job and is a UKCC Level One-Two Tutor.  He is also an active member of the BJA University Judo development team, aiming to improve Judo at t universities on a national scale. Finally he is the team Manager for BUCS European Team at European University Championships in 2011 and 2013 and was the National Masters Champion in 2007/2012/ and 2013 and holds a World Masters Bronze medal from 2003.

Walter’s Sportsman of the Year

This award will be given to a man who has shown excellence in their chosen sport but also contributed to the life of their club or to their sport in other ways.

 Peter Hodkinson – OUAC/OUOC/OUCCC

Peter couldn’t just keep himself to being a part of one sports club during his time with us at Oxford. Some may say stretching to be apart three clubs here at Oxford; Athletics, Orienteering, and Cross-Country, but Peter with his passion has a fully supportive of all three clubs. During Peter’s time at Oxford, we have seen Peter off to the World University Championships to represent Great Britain which lead to becoming the 2012-2013 Blackwell scholar. This has allowed Peter run to Cross-Country Varsity highs in MT12 earning himself a Full Blue, but that hasn’t stopped the Athletics Varsity Steeplechase in 2013 seeing Peter gain the 9th fastest time in the U23 category. Alongside the sporting success against the tabs, we have had the pleasure of seeing Peter organise the Oxford City Orienteering Race in MT13 following on from co-organising the Teddy Hall Race in HT13. With a presence at most crew dates, this hasn’t got in the way of some success outside of Oxford. Peter has bagged 3 BUCS medals in the Orienteering Championships and the Relays Championships, while also leading Oxford’s relay team to victory in the British Relay Championships. With all of these achievements Peter has squeezed in representing England in the U23 World Mountain Running Grand Prix Final, bringing a solid 11th place to the scoreboard.

Max Denning – OUJC/OUSSC

Max is known for his commitment with the Judo Club, but his ability on the slope is something that is shouted about a little less. During Max’s time here at Oxford, he has gained two half-blues for his contribution to Skiing and Snowboard Varsity. This hasn’t been Max’s only contribution to OUSSC, as Max held a year as president of OUSSC bringing some entrepreneurial attitude to the club with introducing freestyle competition on varsity trip and seeing the first ever alumni dinner. This hasn’t been left behind as in his elected position as president of Blue’s committee Max has been working to see all constitutional reforms are up to date within the committee. It is not a surprise that Max’s commitment to Judo has seen him achieving his 3rd Degree Black Belt.Max is known for his UK number 1 ranking in the UK. This would help explain the gold in the -90kg class at the BUCS individual event, which lead him onto a trip to Portugal for the European University Judo Championships to represent the UK and UK Universities. But Max’s leadership skills are seen in various committee roles, he has also been spotted out in competitions, and most notably in attaining BUCS silver team medal; and more importantly in Max’s second consecutive year leading the team in varsity, seeing a current stronghold of four consecutive years shoeing the tabs, having been part of the team for three of these four years.

Sam Agarwal – OUCC

Sam Agarwal’s 313* in the 2013 University Match is quite possibly the most extraordinary innings in 169 year history of the fixture. Agarwal’s knock came off just 312 deliveries, smashing the contest’s previous highest score of 247. It contained 41 fours and 3 sixes and required a little over 7 hours at the crease. He destroyed the experienced Light bowling attack, which contained two international age-group players, and led his side to a comprehensive victory inside 3 days, also bowling 31 miserly overs in Cambridge’s second innings. It has been said in some respects it is painful to nominate Samridh as he hardly needs more praise (!), but this performance was beyond exceptional. In a number of Varsity Matches played there has not been anything even vaguely comparable and it would be very surprising if his score was ever surpassed. Sam was in great demand by both Surrey and Nottinghamshire to sign a professional contact, not least because of another impressive hundred earlier in the summer, completed against champion county Warwickshire for Oxford MCCU at the Parks. Sadly due to residency restrictions he was unable to, and has since returned to India to pursue a cricketing career there.

Samson Egerton – OURFC

Sam, in his first year at the University (2011) made a big impact at the rugby club and was suitably rewarded when he was picked to start at scrum-half in the Varsity Match, thus gaining a Blue after just one term here at Oxford. When Sam returned in September 2012 for his second year, his performances kept improving and despite being asked to play in a number of positions was once again selected to start in the Varsity Match, however this time at full-back. Five minutes into the second half of the match with Oxford 13 points down and staring defeat in the face, the coaches moved Sam from full-back to scrum-half and the rest as they say is his history. He was instrumental in the Oxford fight back, scoring one try and creating another as the Dark Blues posted 20 unanswered points to secure their third consecutive victory. Unsurprisingly Sam won the Alistair Hignell Medal as the Man of the Match. His performances for the Blues in Hilary Term continued in the same vain, where he also helped Keble secure the College League Crown and narrowly miss out on the double, when Teddy Hall took the honours in Cuppers Final. His year was complete when he was voted Blues Player of the Year at the Rugby Clubs Annual Dinner in April, an award made all the more special as it was recognised and voted for by his peers.

Jonathan Cockerill – OURC

Jon has passionately put his skills both to the rifle and also to the club. Jon last year held the position of Training Captain in the Oxford University Rifle Club (OURC).  Leading the committee in training shooters in the club from those who were complete novices at the sport up to those who had shot for years before, devoting hours away in the process. Through Jons encouragement an intake of fifty new members stayed active in the club, getting new members to a level at which they could compete in the first teams for the smallbore and fullbore varsities. Jon himself put in an excellent performance during the smallbore Varsity, achieving OURC’s second highest score of 191/200. After Varsity Jon shot in the BUCS first team, top-scoring for OURC with 98/100. The team then went on to place third in the country. To top this, the next day Jon went on to win the BUCS individual championships with an outstanding score of 195/200! This performance was the basis for Jon’s subsequent nomination and award of an Extraordinary Full Blue, making him the second member of the club in the last 12 years to achieve this. It is a surprise to some that Jon has been able to find the time to help others with their own training and development in the sport whilst still finding the time to improve his own ability, resulting in a well earned list of successes. During our fullbore season Jon continued with his successes achieving the highest score of either the Oxford or Cambridge teams at the fullbore varsity with a score of 146/150. Further to this, a team of four from OURC won the Universities Long Range competition, BUCS aggregate, and Universities fullbore aggregate, again with Jon top scoring in the latter competition.

Tom Lees – OUMPA (WINNER)

Tommy has had a breakthrough year by firmly cementing his place as one of the top GB senior level athletes, despite still only being 19 years old. He was ranked 4th in the country after the GB winter selection series, out qualifying some of the London 2012 athletes. This ranking was sufficient to see Tom selected to his first senior World Cup in Chengdu, China competing against the top athletes in the world where he finished a creditable 45th. Not just a GB competitor Tommy also claimed the BUCS title with a massive score of 5,600pts helping Oxford secure the team title. He was also the individual winner of the men’s Modern Pentathlon varsity match, which saw Oxford claim an unprecedented 17th consecutive Varsity win and a record score to match. Tommy has shown great determination and dedication to his sport by committing many weeks in and out of term time to training at the high performance centre in Bath whilst still managing to attain the most enviable of results in his prelims. He brings a level of professionalism and expertise to the Modern Pentathlon club that filters down right to the beginners and it is a real asset to have someone of his calibre training with us.

BP Sportswoman of the Year

This award will be given to a woman who has shown excellence in their chosen sport but also contributed to the life of their club or to their sport in other ways.

Layla Guscoth – Netball (WINNER)

Layla suffered a serious knee injury requiring surgery in 2012 meaning she missed the first half of the season but, she has certainly bounced back in 2013 being awarded Player of the Match in last year’s Varsity win in Cambridge. She is part of the England Performance programme and super league outfit Hertfordshire Mavericks playing the highest level of netball in this country whilst studying for a medical degree. She’s won several England caps this year, took part in the World Youth Champs and is currently on tour with the Seniors in South Africa and New Zealand. Hopefully she’ll be heading for the Commonwealths next year!

Kirstie Smith – Archery

Starting the year as a relative unknown within the national archery community, Kirstie’s commitment and dedication to the sport have led me to a number of notable achievements over the course of the year. First and foremost, Kirstie claimed BUCS gold not once but twice, facing off stiff competition in both the indoor and outdoor championships – Kirstie the only member of her discipline in the university to have ever held either position. Her performance in the latter tournament was described by the organisers as ‘dominating’. She also contributed to team silver in both of these events, as well as victory at Varsity, in which she was top overall scorer. For her achievements at BUCS and Varsity, she was awarded a discretionary Full Blue by the women’s Blues Committee, only the second in the history of the club. Outside the student circuit, she am also Southern Counties Indoor Champion. In the course of all this, she have also broken many extant club records, most of which had remained unbroken for twenty-five years. Kirstie has a national ranking of 53rd, placing her among the best in the country. This is a big achievement for someone previously unknown, especially one who only picked up a bow when joining the university three years ago!

Sophia Saller – Triathlon

Sophia has completed an incredibly successful 2012/2013 season, going from strength to strength in both duathlon and triathlon events. Her success began with winning the 2012 BUCS duathlon, before achieving a full blue in cross country. As the water temperatures rose and the triathlon season begun, she got off to a flying start by coming 2nd in the BUCS sprint triathlon, and winning the varsity triathlon (and achieving another full blue in the process). In her first Senior Elite European Cup she came a remarkable 6th, just one week after finishing her exams (she got a first!) and with numerous Olympians competing. This success was to be a sign of things to come, as Sophia went on to win the German Junior Championships by nearly 2 minutes, and therefore qualify for the World Junior Triathlon Championships in London, in which she came a hugely impressive 10th. In addition, she placed 7th in the German Elite Sprint Triathlon Championships, coming less than 90 seconds behind ITU series race winner Anne Haug. Sophia has combined her success with being an active and enthusiastic member of OUTriC, recently becoming the women’s captain, and is always keen to pass on her experience and knowledge to the club.

Nadine Prill – Athletics

Since arriving at Oxford in 2010, Nadine has been the most prominent member of the OUAC sprint squad. After competing on the German national team as a junior, Nadine took a 7 year break before returning to the sport when she started at Oxford.

Following 18 months of gruelling training, Nadine was finally back to her best form in time for the 2012 track season, resulting in a spectacular performance in the 2012 Athletics Varsity match. Nadine started the day by taking the 100m, 200m and 400m titles, but the moment of the match was her anchor leg in the 4x400m relay, where she caught and overtook the Cambridge athlete in the final metres of the last race of the day, bringing the match victory back to Oxford for the first time in four years.

Then came the 2013 track season and Nadine did not disappoint. This time captaining the Blues, she led by example and completed the same feat again, however this year with even more style. She cemented her place as the all-time best female 200m runner at Oxford, and simultaneously held the blues standard in all three sprints. She is now the two-time reigning champion over the 100m, 200m and 400m as well as the two relays at Varsity, meaning she holds a staggering ten Varsity winners medals. The season also saw her compete as part of the joint Oxford/Cambridge team touring the Ivy League Schools. With matches against Penn/Cornell and Harvard/Yale teams, Nadine sprinted her way to a double victory in the 100m.

This coming season sees her last chance to compete in the Varsity match but with endless achievements to her name already, Nadine definitely is one of the greatest ever female athletes in Oxford history.

Emily Peach – Squash

Last year (in my last year at junior level), I came 6th in the British U19 Junior Championships, 11th in the English U19 Junior Championships and 35th in the British U19 Junior Open which is similar to the world championships for squash. I also played for Yorkshire and the North East region at number 2 at U19 level. Over the summer, I played the Dutch Junior Open in Amsterdam and have played the French, Austrian and Welsh Junior tournaments in previous years. Also, during the summer I helped run camps at my local club for younger children, providing coaching and getting them to improve. Last December I participated in a national squad combined with a competition where the top 8 players for each age group were invited.

Jaguar Land Rover Team Performance of the Year

This award is aimed at competitive teams and can be any distinct team within a club, from Women’s’ Blues to Men’s’ 3rds. These will primarily be judged on achievement, e.g. top performances in BUCS or other major events, for dramatic improvements, or a fantastic run of victories.

Lacrosse Men’s Blues

Last year saw the Men’s Blues win 22 of the 24 matches they played leaving them in 1st place in the BUCS Southern Premiership, 3rd overall nationally only losing to Loughborough and Durham, the 2 top placed sports universities in the country.  They had 3 players go through trials to play for South East of England and 2 of those went on to represent England Universities at the British National Championships in Manchester, with the other in the South East of England Development Squad. One of the many high points of their incredibly successful year was their convincing 13-3 Varsity win.

Modern Pentathlon – WINNER

The Modern Pentathlon Team have excelled in every competition that they have entered this year. The BUCS Nationals were held here at Iffley with the Oxford Team taking 3 of the top 4 positions: their GB star Tom Lees won with Captain Alex Fraser 2nd, meaning that we beat the team in 2nd place by 1500 points. In April the Varsity Match was one of the most exciting ever with the scores completely level after day one, as Cambridge won the Fencing but Oxford produced some outstanding personal bests in the swimming. Solid rides put the Dark Blues slightly ahead going into the final run and shoot, Cambridge took the overall lead after the first round of shooting but following the 3K run and the final rounds of shooting, Oxford won with a record breaking 30288 points taking their Varsity win run to 17 years in a row!

Athletics 4 X 400/Long Sprints Squad and 400m Relay

The Mens 4 x 400 team really set the standard for Oxford Athletics, in the warm up to the outdoor season they broke the 4 x 200 match record to win in 1:30:18 before breaking the OUAC club record with 3:15:27 (an average split of 48:82) at the BUCS outdoor Championships winning a Bronze medal.  They missed out on the Silver by 0.04secs.  3 of the current squad were in the teams who beat Harvard/Yale and Penn/Cornell teams and the 2nd team with 3 other members of the current squad also beat Harvard/Yale.

The team also recorded 1st and 2nds in Varsity 400m, 200H and 400H and the 2nd team beat Cambridge Blues in the 4 x 400m relay by 6 seconds.

Womens’s Boat Club

The women’s Boat Club has had one of its most dominant years in memory, following new governance, new coaching and a new sponsorship deal.

This year the Blue Boat won the Newton Women’s Boat race beating Cambridge by 1 and ¾ lengths. Osiris won the Reserve Boat Race beating Blondie by an enormous 6 lengths. The club were winners of the Championship Eight, Intermediate Eight and the Intermediate Quad at the BUCS championships in May. Also, they were very proud winners of the Senior 8+ at Henley Women’s Regatta, beating 4 crew from the USA en route. They also qualified for the Remenham Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta, were the fastest two women’s coxed fours overall at the Fours Head in November and represented the University at the Diamond Jubilee Rowing Championships in October.

Cricket Blues

In 2013 the Cricket Blues reversed the fortunes of the last few years of Varsity scores with a completely dominant victory at Lords and a comprehensive victory in the 4 day fixture at Fenners. This double was last achieved in 2006 and showed how well Oxford played especially considering Cambridge had 7 returning Blues in their team.

During BUCS the team was undefeated in the league and only lost in the semi-final of the cup, during exams so with a considerably weakened side, to Leeds.

Nike OUsportshop Club of the Year

This is open to all clubs, whether they are competitive or not. The award will be judged on the club’s activity over the past year and what they have contributed to the University and to the Community. This might be through club growth or development, outreach, or other activities on and off the pitch.

Oxford University Triathlon Club – WINNER

OUTriC is one of the fastest growing club’s in Oxford with membership doubling from 55 in 2011 to 110 in 2012, much higher than the national increase seen of about 10-15%. However, the club has remained committed to its core value of welcoming and providing coaching for athletes of all abilities. In order to give the best possible training, the club invested heavily in coaching, with all our sessions being taken by highly experienced coaches.

This transferred into great improvements in competition. At the BUCS sprint triathlon the top male placed 5th (as opposed to 24th the year previously) and female 2nd (previously 11th). Numbers were up at the varsity match too. Although the score was 2-2, when inspected, the 2 Cambridge wins were by 41 seconds (Men’s Blues: 3:31:09 vs 3:31:50) and less than 5 mins (Women’s mob match – accumulated times of approximately 11 hours).

On the other hand, Oxford stormed away with its two wins. The women blues won by over 7 minutess and the men’s mob match dominated by 1 hour 25 (with an accumulated time of 21 hours). James Felce and Andy Dyson achieved podium finishes, and Sophia Saller won the women’s race.

Oxford University Mountaineering Club

The last year was an incredibly active, busy and successful year for OUMC, which began with a huge intake of new climbers, continued with successful new initiatives like mountaineering-focused first aid courses and joint meets with Oxford University Cave Club and which culminated in an expedition by OUMC members that was noted in the international climbing and exploration media.

Empowered and energised by the accomplishments of 2012/13, this year is already shaping up to be an excellent year for OUMC as they build on our successes to grow into new areas.

Oxford University Yacht Club

Oxford University Yacht Club has not only achieved great sporting success in the last 12 months, but has also managed to significantly increase its membership and the opportunities it can offer to those members.

The Dinghy racing section came second for a consecutive year at the British Universities Sailing Association  Team Racing Finals Championships, were the highest placed university team at the UK Team Racing Association National Championships, and the Ladies Team won their Varsity Match. Three team members also represented a combined British Universities Team on the British – American Tour.

A vastly expanded program has allowed OUYC to take part and be competitive in events of the highest standard, including this year’s legendary Fastnet race and Cowes week.

The club has gone from a relatively small, niche sports club to one of the largest, most inclusive clubs in Oxford where the sporting elite are training and competing at a standard comparable to the traditionally ‘top’ Oxford sports.

Oxford University Netball Club

With Netball being the UK’s largest female sport, a key goal of OUNC is making netball accessible for all across the university. The college cuppers league had a record high of over 45 teams, competing in 5 divisions on a weekly basis at 4 different venues across Oxford.

OUNC also provides the chance for girls across the University to gain umpiring and coaching qualifications through close contact with the county association. The club has strong local links placing players in local clubs who wish to pursue netball beyond the college and university set-up.

Last season OUNC achieved the first Varsity double win in many years, the Blues achieving a record winning margin. This is a testament to a strong coaching and organisational set-up. All of last year’s success has now led to the club taking on a third more players since last season through the inclusion of a development squad.

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