Ospreys AGM – 17th May

On Thursday the 17th of May we held our Annual General Meeting. The first item on the agenda for this meeting was the presentation of the Osprey of the Year and Team of the Year awards. These presentations were followed by hustings for the new junior executive committee. The current Hawks’ President, Seb Tullie, also gave us an update on the current progress with regards to the sharing of the clubhouse between the Hawks and Ospreys. Finally, the evening was rounded off with the presentation of cheques for the Ospreys and Non-Ospreys who had been awarded Ospreys bursaries this year (the recipients of the bursaries will be named in a subsequent website post).

The new Junior Executive Committee will be announced in a following website post once all of the committee has been decided.

The Osprey of the Year Award, selected by the senior committee, takes into account three aspects: sporting excellence, raising the profile of women’s sport and being involved in encouraging girls to join/support their club. This year, this award was given to the well-deserving Alice Middleton from the Women’s Rugby Union Football club (CURUFC Women)! Congratulations Alice!

Osprey of the Year Alice Middleton (left) holding her trophy, which was presented to her by senior committee member Mary Blackman (right).

The Goldman Sach’s Team of the Year award is a generous bursary which they award to a women’s sports team each year.

“Goldman Sachs is delighted to be sponsoring the Ospreys again this year. This funding is available for a team/club who have surpassed expectations and progressed further in BUCS or other relevant competitions than anticipated and have a specific financial need. Whether you are a club of 100+ people or only a few of you, outstanding achievement deserves to be recognised”

This year, the award was given to CURUFC Women. What an excellent season it has been for Women’s Rugby at Cambridge!

CURUFC Women’s Team Manager Sophie Farrant (left) and Team Captain Lara Gibson (right) being presented with a bottle of Champagne.

Easter Term Speaker’s Dinner – 26th April

The Ospreys were lucky enough to have Nicole Sapstead, the CEO of UK Anti-Doping, as our guest speaker at our final Speaker’s Dinner of the year. The dinner was held in St John’s College, and began with a drinks reception, followed by a lovely dinner. Nicole delivered a thought-provoking speech on the challenges she faces as a woman working in Sport, and how we can help overcome them!

What a wonderful night it was!

Dr Pat Marsh, Connie Hsueh (Churchill, Waterpolo), Nicole Sapstead (the speaker UKAD) Claudia Feng (Trinity, Waterpolo, Swimming), Maxine Meju (Fitzwilliam, Rugby, Athletics) at the reception for the Speakers Dinner arranged by the Osprey's
Connie Hsueh (Churchill College, Waterpolo), Nicole Sapstead (Guest Speaker), Claudia Feng (Trinity college, Waterloo & Swimming), Maxine Meju (Fitzwilliam College, Rugby & Athletics) at the drinks reception
Nicole Sapstead who was the speaker at the Speaker's Dinner arranged by the Ospreys'
Nicole Sapstead (Guest Speaker) at the drinks reception
Roshni Becker , Katie Gibson (Pembroke, Cricket), Holly Tasker (Caius, Cricket) at the reception for the Speakers Dinner arranged by the Osprey's , Katie Gibson (Pembroke, Cricket), Holly Tasker (Caius, Cricket) and Dr Pat Marsh at the reception for the S
Roshni Becker, Katie Gibson (Pembroke College, Cricket), Holly Tasker (Caius, Cricket) and Dr Pat Marsh at the drinks reception



Easter Term Speaker’s Dinner

The Ospreys are pleased to announce that Nicole Sapstead will be speaking at the Easter Speaker’s Dinner, which is sadly the final Speaker’s Dinner of the academic year.

Nicole has been the CEO of UK Anti-Doping since 2015, and was listed as one of the 50 most influential women in sport by The Independent Newspaper in 2015. Details on how to RSVP will be emailed out soon!

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Lent Term Speaker’s Dinner – 17th March

On Saturday night we hosted our termly Speaker’s dinner at Trinity Hall, which was a delightful, well attended evening with a delicious three-course meal. We were honoured to have Rebecca Rowe as our guest speaker, who is a multi-sport international athlete who has competed at 4 world championships in 3 different sports! She delivered a very motivational speech about her sporting journey, which was well received by the Ospreys in attendance.



The Ospreys would like to thank Rebecca for her inspirational speech, which really was the cherry on top of a lovely evening!

Michaelmas Speaker’s Dinner – 17th Nov

On Friday the 17th of November, the Ospreys were delighted to welcome our guest speaker: GB hockey player Helen Richardson-Walsh (Olympic Gold and Bronze medalist,  European Champion and Quadruple Olympian).

To begin the wonderful evening, which took place at Downing College, there was a pre-dinner Champagne reception where there was the opportunity to mingle and meet one another prior to the dinner.

The three course meal was exceptional, as was the memorable speech delivered by Helen. Helen’s speech mentioned some very powerful ideas on winning mentality and culture, which could translate well to any sport. We were grateful to Helen for bringing along the Olympic Gold medal that she obtained at Rio 2016, and allowing each of the Ospreys to hold it and take pictures with it. It was so inspiring to be able to see an Olympic Gold medal up close!

The Ospreys would like to say a huge thank you to Helen for speaking at our dinner, and we look forward to keeping in touch.

Ospreys’ Welcome Drinks and the upcoming Speaker’s Dinner

Last Tuesday evening we hosted welcome drinks and nibbles at the Hawks’ club. This event was open to both current Ospreys and potential future Ospreys (freshers new to university sports teams and existing university sportswomen who are not yet Ospreys). There was a great turnout from both familiar faces and fresh faces. What a fun evening it was!

Current and potential future Ospreys at the welcome drinks at Hawks’ Club

We look forward to the next Ospreys social event, which will be our first Speaker’s Dinner of the year! We are lucky enough to have GB hockey player Helen Richardson-Walsh as our guest speaker. See below for more details:

Poster for the Michaelmas Speaker’s Dinner

The Incoming Ospreys’ Committee

After the results of the AGM earlier on in May, the final incoming committee places have been confirmed:

President: Lizzie Withers; CUWLC; Trinity.

Vice-President: Georgina Shepherd; CULTC, CURFC; Emmanuel.

Treasurer: Emmaline Okafor; CUAC; Newnham.

Secretary: Blythe Burkhart; CUWLC, CUCPSC, CUSSC, CUPC; Homerton.

The non-exec committee members are chosen by the outgoing and incoming committees. These roles are filled by the unsuccessful exec applicants and those who specifically applied too. The results are:

Kit Secretary: Emily Coales; CUWLC; Trinity Hall.

Publicity: Maxine Meju; CUAC; Fitzwilliam.

Ents Officers: Claudia Feng; CUSWPC; Trinity & Rhianna Miller; CUHC; Fitzwilliam.

Access Officer: Kate Marks; CURUFCW; Murray Edwards.

The official handover will be taking place at the Ospreys’ Summer Drinks on Thursday the 15th June at 5.30pm at the Varsity Hotel and Spa, Cambridge. It is always a lovely event, with the canapés and champagne flowing. Unfortunately, places are already filled, and there is a waiting list if you did not manage a spot, so keep an eye on those emails! We look forward to seeing you there, and if not at Hawks event 2017.

The Outgoing Junior Committee x

summer drinks