Sophie Raworth Virtual Speakers Event

Covid-19 may have stopped play, but it didn’t stop us from hosting our Easter Term 2020 Speaker’s Event!  On Monday 4th May, we were delighted to be joined by BBC journalist and newsreader, Sophie Raworth, for an inspiring talking covering everything from how she started out in her career to her incredible sporting achievements.  In order to accommodate the ongoing national lockdown, the event took place via video call, with Sophie joining us from the dressing room of the One Show! One advantage of going virtual was that we had an increased capacity – the event was hugely popular with over 64 of our members tuning in.

Sophie started her talk with an overview of how she got into journalism and led us through the path that her career has taken, with an encouraging message to take all the opportunities you can.  She then went on to talk about her sporting achievements.  For those unaware, Sophie is a keen and accomplished marathon and ultramarathon runner.  She spoke about how she got in to running – comparatively later in life compared to many successful runners – first completing the London marathon in 2011 at 42 years old.  From there, she has completed all six World Marathon Majors.  Sophie also recounted her story of completing the six-day 156-mile ultramarathon across the Sahara Desert, the Marathon des Sables.  Her tale of endurance and intense physicality was truly inspiring, and the enthusiasm with which she spoke of it showed her incredible dedication to sport. 

The event ended with a fantastic Q&A session, with our members submitting a diverse and interesting array of questions for Sophie.  Overall, all who attended the event left feeling inspired in for both career and sporting prospects (and perhaps even motivated to don the running trainers!).  We are incredibly grateful to Sophie for her time and for fitting us in to her busy schedule and to all our members who attended. 

If you or someone you know would be interested in giving a talk at one of our future Speaker’s Events, we would love to hear from you!  Please get in touch with our Events Officers, Kirsten and Robyn.

Ospreys Bursaries for 2020/21 Announced!

We are excited to announce the recipients of the Ospreys Bursaries for 2020/21!

The Ospreys seek to provide financial support for our members in the form of Bursary awards. Ospreys Bursaries are annual monetary grants intended to support members in the pursuit of sport at the University level and beyond.

Factors for selection including sporting achievement, demonstrated sporting potential, international performance, contribution to community and Cambridge sport, sportsmanship, unique cost of applicant’s sport(s), and personal financial need.

The Ospreys Bursary Awards are decided by members of the Executive Junior and Senior Ospreys Committees with help from Admissions Officer at Trinity, Paul Wingfield.

Congratulations to the following students who will receive this years bursaries:

James AucklandOrienteering, XCountryEmmanuel
Egle AugustaityteSkiingGirton
Marta BaldrighiVolleyballCaius
Bridson Hubbard
XCountry, AthleticsMagdalene
Jack BrownCycling Caius
Claire CollinsSwimmingLucy Cavendish
Abbie CurringtonTriathlon, Modern Pent, XCountryClare
Pieter DaneelCricketJesus
Amy Edwards HockeyCaius
Claudia FengWaterpoloTrinity
Katherine FleckSmall/Full Bore ShootingNewnham
Bridget FryerCricket, AthleticsDowning
Elena GelzinyteFencingSt Catherine’s
Lucy HartPowerliftingClare
Oliver HopeFencing Jesus
Rebecca Howitt Waterpolo St John’s
Olivia Jacklin Sailing St Catherine’s
Ffion JamesCycling Girton
Michal KaminskiLawn TennisFitzwilliam
Anna KirkSwimming Murray Edwars
Gerard KuenningRowingQueens’
Morguase LomasHockey, Squash, SailingHomerton
Bethan Matthew Sailing St Catherine’s
Luke McCarronTriathlonJesus
Stephanie NeunVolleyballTrinity
Charlotte PattersonLacrosse, RugbyCorpus Christi
Ioana PietroiuTennisChrists
Sarah Portsmouth RowingNewnham
Charlotte RowlandsSwimmingCaius
Louise ShanahamAthletics, XCountryTrinity
Bronya Sykes RowingCaius
Florence Wiggins XCountryChrists
Molly Woods Squash, Football Corpus Christi
Kureha YamaguchiTennisClare

AGM, Committee Applications and Osprey/ Team of the Year !

This years AGM will take place at 4pm on June 13th on via ZOOM- all Ospreys members are welcome! Further details regarding the AGM will be sent to Ospreys members via email in the coming weeks.

Nominations for Team of the year and Osprey of the Year ARE NOW OPEN!!!! Results will be announced at the AGM. Send in your nominations !

Deadline for Team of the Year applications: 4pm, June 6th

Deadline for Osprey of the Year applications: 4pm, June 5th

Deadline for Committee applications: 4pm, June 5th

Michaelmas Speakers Dinner


On Monday 2nd December, we are hosting an Ospreys Speaker Dinner at Newnham College. These evenings are always fantastic occasions to learn from and be inspired by a woman who has made a significant difference in sport.

We are honoured to announce that the guest speaker this term is former olympic rower and world champion Annamarie Phelps CBE. Having been the Vice-Chairman of British Rowing until 2018 and now as the Vice-Chairman of the British Olympic Association, her influence in sport has not diminished. We can’t wait to hear what Annamarie will have to say about her time with Team GB and also her achievements since. It will certainly be a night to remember!

Hawks’ Clubhouse Sharing Agreement

We have some really exciting news regarding the shared clubhouse agreement with the Hawks Club - after four years of complex negotiations, we are finally ready to go this term! This is not a merger with the Hawks Club. It is an opportunity for us to strengthen our Ospreys identity with a tangible base, whilst working in close cooperation with the men's society. This is a big moment for women's sport in Cambridge and we'd like to thank the previous committees for paving the way for this to happen.

What are the benefits of being a resident of the shared clubhouse?
- A base that we can call our own, to which it is a privilege to belong
- Use of the fantastic services, including ability to book rooms or even the whole clubhouse for our own functions
- Right to invite guests
- Ability to purchase subsidised meals and alcohol
- Future access to reciprocal clubs across the country, pending outcome of ongoing negotiations

Please email either Abi (aect3) or Liv (od256) for any questions regarding membership.

2019 Committee Handover

Introducing The Ospreys committee for 2019/20….

President: Olivia Dadge

Vice-President: Tilly Eno

Treasurer: Bridget Fryer

Secretary: Abi Thelluson

Events: Laura Sweeting and Sophie Tamblyn

Logistics and Publicity: Grace Flanagan

Welfare: Holly MacAskill

Design: Holly Tasker

Access: Olivia Shears

Ospreys Committee handover

Sadly, our time as your Ospreys committee for 2017-2018 has come to an end. It has been a pleasure to have been your committee for the past year! What a wonderful, progressive year it has been for Women’s sport in Cambridge.

The Ospreys committee for 2018-2019:

  • President – Emmaline Okafor
  • Vice President – Lucy Hart
  • Treasurer – Blythe Burkhart
  • Secretary – Jessie Shea
  • Events – Julie Wise & Rhiannon Osbourne
  • Publicity – Tiwa Adebayo
  • Kit – Holly Tasker
  • Access – Olivia Dadge
  • Welfare – Georgina Shepherd

Best of luck to the incoming committee! 

Ospreys Bursaries

There was a much greater calibre and number of applications for Ospreys bursaries this year, and as a result the total amount awarded was significantly increased in comparison to last year. In making awards, we looked for motivation and commitment, proven excellence in sport at University level, and evidence of promise at the higher national level. In determining the amount of the awards, access to other University and College support was taken into account.

The Ospreys and Non-Ospreys who received awards this year, and which sport(s) they play are mentioned below. Congratulations to all those who received bursaries this year!

Alice Middleton –  Rugby
Alice White – Rowing
Amy Edwards –  Hockey
Anira Perera – Squash
Anna Gibbons –  Pentathalon
Anna Prescott – Sailing
Becca Frake –   Cross country
Bethan Matthew – Sailing
Bridget Fryer – Athletics
Charlotte Rowlands – Swimming
Chloe Billingham – Athletics
Claudia Dickinson – Tennis
Claudia Feng – Swimming & Waterpolo
Dimitris Kousoulidis – Swimming
Elena Casacuberta – Tennis
Elena Gelzinyte –  Fencing
Ella Benson –   Lacrosse
Ellie Lane – Atheltics
Emily Pratt  – Rugby
Emmaline Okafor – Athletics
Felicity Eno – Lacrosse
Fiona Bunn – Cross country, Orienteering
Frederique Briscoe – Hockey
George Hopes – Sailing
Gerda Bachrati – Football
Harriet Nuttall – Shooting
Hatty Darling – Hockey
Heather Rigby – Volleyball
Henry Morley – Sailing
Hephzibah Adeson – Athletics
Holly Tasker – Cricket
Imogen Grant – Rowing
James Ackland – Orienteering
Jenni Mair – Tennis
Jessica Payne – Swimming
Joseph Wu – Swimming & Waterpolo
Josh Evans – Athletics
Julie Wise – Lacrosse
Juliette Welham – Sailing
Justas Dauparas – Athletics
Kaesi Opara – Athletics
Kate Marks – Rugby
Katherine Gibson – Cricket & Volleyball
Katie Clark – Badminton
Katrin Heider – Swimming
Katy Wilson – Swimming
Kerry Mackereth – Cheerleading
Lianne Dupont – Dancesport
Lou Brett – Rowing
Lucia Corry – Hockey
Lucy Hart – Powerlifting
Maddy Lee – Fencing
Marcin Chrapek –  Swimming
Maya Wright – Volleyball
Myriam Goudet – Rowing
Neil Paul –  Rowing
Niamh Bridson Hubbard – Athletics/X country
Nik Cerutti – Dancesport
Olivia Rowe – Kayaking
Paris Thomas –  Sailing
Paul Hodgson – Pentathalon
Paul Pruzina – Orienteering
Peter Juhasz –  Sailing
Rachel Longstaff – Cross country, Athletics, Triathalon
Rebecca Hartnell – Rowing
Rebecca Lees – Dancesport
Rhiannon Osborne – Hockey
Samantha Chan – Rugby
Serenydd Everden – Lacrosse
Sharna-Louise Willis – Korfball
Sophie Shapter –  Rowing & Football
Sophie Tamblyn – Lacrosse
Stefanie Neun – Volleyball
Stephanie Payne –  Rowing
Thomas Nelson – Dancesport