The Ospreys at The Varsity Match 2016

Thursday 8th December saw The Ospreys return to Twickenham for our inaugural networking lunch. This year, we were invited to join in on the Networking Breakfast which saw 4 guest speakers talk about Resilience and Getting Over the Line in Women’s Sport. Sarah Winckless, former British rower started off the talks, and what followed was some really interesting and conversation provoking topics.

Sarah Winckless – starting off the breakfast networking event speeches

After the breakfast we congregated over to our seats to watch the women’s match, after last year’s 52 nil defeat we were confident for a light blue win.

Oxf*rd were the first to draw blood with a penalty kick to be three points up around 15mins into first half, and the rest of the match was disappointingly the same. Cambridge really dominating possession and having all the pressure but not quite managing to make anything of it. The entire second half was dominated by Cambridge who were playing almost exclusively in the Oxford defending half, but sadly no tries nor points were scored by either team, resulting in a rather underwhelming 3-0 loss to Cambridge. Unlucky to the girls, there is always next year, plus, the return fixture in BUCS were they are sure to assert their dominance and get that well-deserved win against the other side.

The main event of the day followed with a lunch in the Twickenham hospitality suite where there was plenty of wine and an open bar, which The Ospreys thoroughly enjoyed.

Some resident Ospreys enjoying their lunch and wine

There was a strong contingent of both resident and alumnae Ospreys (and their families) in presence which was nice to see and encourage some catching up with recent graduates.

After the lunch, we headed out to watch the 135th Mens Varsity Match, a lot rested on Captain Daniel Dass of Cambridge’s shoulders who did not want to lead the men into a 7th successive loss. This would have resulted in the most losses in a row, ever, in a varsity match…

Oxford were the first to draw blood, in a similar fashion to their female counterparts scoring a penalty kick within the first few minutes, this did not stop Cambridge who just came back even stronger and proved to be the better side resulting in a great performance and a 23-18 win for the light blues.p1050032

What a day. Until next year Twickenham. #GDBO

(Photos are up on our Facebook page here )




Michaelmas Speakers Dinner- 18th Nov

On Friday the 18th November, The Ospreys were happy to welcome our guest speaker: Lisa O’Keefe, Insight Director at Sport England and the brains behind the This Girl Can campaign which has inspired millions of girls to get active.

To start the lovely three course meal which took place in Jesus College upper hall, there was a chance to mingle and meet each other at the champagne reception. The This Girl Can campaign posters had been set up around the room as decoration and to provide conversation starters.

The meal was exquisite, and after the starter and main, Lisa got up to do her speech… It was incredible. It left us all inspired, lost for words and with a new-found pride to be a part of the community that is #WomenInSport. We, as The Ospreys are role models for women in sport. Everywhere.

A few things that Lisa mentioned when it comes to the barriers that women face in taking part in sport. They are worth noting and taking away from the evening.

” Judgement manifests itself in three ways:

  1. Ability -> learn to BACK YOURSELF
  2. Appearance -> get over the fact that you will be sweaty and unattractive at points when doing sport, it doesn’t matter, everyone is in the same boat
  3. Find the time and prioritise YOURSELF -> Life gets in the way. Find time for YOU, and the time to keep active. “

The Ospreys would like to say a massive thank you to Lisa for speaking, and look forward to keeping in touch and strengthening the campaign which has done so much for women in sport already.


The Ospreys Committee with guest speaker Lisa O’Keefe. A big thank you to Rashmi for making this possible

The Ospreys at The Varsity Match


To celebrate women in sport, The Ospreys are proud to say we are continuing on the success of last year’s Ospreys at the Varsity Match 2015 and taking it to a new level where we are making a full day out of it, with not only lunch in one of the Twickenham hospitality rooms at an incredible discount price, but with a new added Ospreys’ Breakfast with 4 fantastic guest speakers on the subject of: Getting Over The Line in Women’s Sport.

Prices this year for resident Ospreys (and their plus 1s) are:

  • Ospreys Lunch and ticket to both matches: £29
  • Ospreys Breakfast and ticket to both matches: £39
  • Both: £49

To get your tickets follow the link on the facebook page.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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Our Sponsors- Details

The Ospreys are thankful for our 5 sponsors this year:

  • JP Morgan are our main sponsor.
  • Citi, OC&C and Maven sponsor us with The Hawks Club.
  • Goldman Sachs also sponsor just The Ospreys.

Main Sponsor



We welcome JP Morgan as our Silver Level Sponsor this year and are greatly appreciative for their support.

Your Career. Your Way.

At J.P. Morgan, we are committed to helping businesses and markets grow and develop in more than 100 countries. Over the last 200 years, we have evolved to meet the complex financial needs of some of the world’s largest companies as well as many of the smaller businesses driving industry change globally and locally.

Our people work hard to do the right thing for our clients, shareholders and the firm every day. Joining us means you’ll learn from our experts in a supportive and collaborative team environment where you will be supported to make an immediate impact from the start.

We want to see your creativity, communications skills and drive. While your academic achievements are important, we’re also looking for your individuality and passion as demonstrated by extra curricular activities. We want to help you fulfil your potential as you build your career here.

Internship and graduate positions are available firmwide, so we encourage you to learn as much as possible about our business areas and roles. We also offer pre-internship programs such as Spring Week that give you insights into our industry and programs. We often hire directly from these opportunities – giving you early exposure to our firm and how we do business.

  • Finance
  • Global Investment Management
  • Global Treasury Management
  • Global Wealth Management
  • Human Resources
  • Investment Banking
  • Investor Services
  • Markets
  • Operations
  • Quantitative Research
  • Risk Management
  • Technology

Deadline: November 27, 2016

To find out more about how you can join us, visit

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Further Sponsorship

Alongside The Hawks, Citi, OC&C and Maven jointly sponsor both charities- we are thankful for their support this year. Goldman Sachs also sponsor The Ospreys.
logo-400x400Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.Find out more about Citi here.



OC&C Strategy Consultants answer the toughest questions facing businesses. They do rapid, high impact projects for chief executives and boards. In their London office, they have deep expertise in retail, leisure, consumer goods, media, technology and business services.

OC&C are looking for team-playing, creative thinkers with interests outside of their studies: candidates from all disciplines are encouraged. In addition to market-leading compensation and training, they offer up to 4 weeks of extra unpaid leave each year, grants to help you pursue your interests, and host biannual offsites (recently Chicago and Amsterdam) – business needn’t make you boring.

To find out more about OC&C join them for their Careers Presentation, Women’s Brunch or visit their events page for more information on when they’ll be in Cambridge over the next few weeks.

Applications are now open for their Associate Consultant and International Strategy Workshop. To apply visit their application page and submit your CV and Cover Letter via the relevant vacancy.



Maven specialises in proprietary trading and market making. They run a number of proprietary trading strategies using both fundamental and quantitative approaches to investing. The investment teams implement research based investment processes combined with active trading styles.



Goldman Sachs commits people, capital and ideas to help our clients, shareholders and the communities we serve to grow. This year they are sponsoring a club bursary, for details see our awards page.

Goldman Sachs is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. This year Goldman Sachs will be sponsoring the Hawks and the Ospreys, offering bursaries to teams to enhance their sporting and academic careers. There will be a number of opportunities for Cambridge students to interact with professionals from Goldman Sachs in the coming weeks.

Contribute, Collaborate and Succeed with a Career at Goldman Sachs:

If you’re the kind of person who can’t wait to make a difference, consider a career at Goldman Sachs. We believe that good ideas and innovations can come from anyone, at any level. We offer meaningful opportunities, best-in-class training and a wide variety of career paths for talented people from all academic backgrounds. Plus, with access to important clients and projects, you’ll have the chance to make an impact with global significance.

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Gold and Bronze for CUWBC at European Universities Games

CUWBC competed at the European Universities Games in Zagreb, Croatia last week having qualified crews at the BUCS Regatta in May.

The Club sent an Eight, four of whom also raced in coxless pairs to race against crews from across Europe.

The CUWBC eight won the heat comfortably clocking the second fastest time across the two heats beating crews from Croatia, Switzerland, Germany and Russia. Unfortunately, the eight was unable to race in the final.


In the afternoon block of racing, CUWBC had 2 coxless pairs racing. CUWBC 1 comprised of Hannah Roberts (Jesus) and Myriam Goudet (Lucy Cavendish). CUWBC 2 of Imogen Grant (Trinity) and Ellie Hopgood (Girton) was originally entered as a lightweight boat, but due to no other entries was transferred to the openweight event.

The pairs raced well in their heat and were all set for an exciting final. Hannah & Myriam led from the start but were pushed hard to the line by the University of Heidelberg (Germany). The Cambridge pair put a final push on towards the line to open up clear water and take the gold. Meanwhile, the 2nd pairing of Imogen and Ellie were close behind and leading a crew from First Pavlov State Medical University (Russia) so picked up a second medal for CUWBC.

The crew has since moved on to China where they are competing at 2 competitions in addition to various cultural visits.

CUWBC Win at Henley Royal Regatta

CUWBC’s Melissa Wilson was part of a composite with Leander Club and Reading Rowing Club that won the Princess Grace Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.

Bow: Mathilda Hodgkins-Byrne (RRC)
2: Melissa Wilson (CUWBC)
3: Holly Nixon (Leander)
Stroke: Jess Leyden (Leander)

The crew defeated Akademicki Związek Sportowy AWF Warszawa and Klub Wioślarski “Wisła” w Grudziądzu, Poland, by 1 length in a time of 7:27 (Barrier Time: 2:09, Fawley: 3:36)


Racing in the same event, the CUWBC composite with Myriam Goudet (Lucy Cavendish), Holly Hill (Isle of Ely/Downing), Lucy Burgess (Agrecroft RC) and Georgia Francis (Imperial College BC) had beaten the University of London BC comfortably in the opening round. They then lost to Melissa’s crew on the Friday by 1 3/4 lengths.

Dancesport Varsity 2016 Match Report

The 43rd Dancesport Varsity Match took place on Saturday May 14th, 2016 at Iffley Road Sports Centre, Oxford.

Varsity is uniquely different to all other Dancesport competitions that CUDT have been to so far. Each side enters two teams of nine couples to compete in the Varsity Match (A Team) and Challenge Match (B Team). In each match, each team is divided into three heats – the Home side A,B & C and the away side D,E & F. Each heat then dances against each of the opposite team’s heat in a straight final format where judges mark couples in descending order 1-6. A first mark earns six points for the team and a sixth placing earns 1 point. The scores are then added together across nine finals of each of the four dances – Waltz, Quickstep, Cha-cha-cha and Jive, and the team with the higher score wins. This format requires couples to be all-rounders in both Ballroom and Latin. The high number of final rounds to dance (twelve for each couple across four dances) and the length of each round means that fitness also plays an incredibly important role in this match. The Cambridge Squad has trained incredibly hard in the run up to this competition, determined to keep the Varsity Shield where it belongs.

The day began with the Challenge Match. This year’s Cambridge B Team had a high number of ex-beginners (those who have only started Dancesport since October 2015). This is a reflection of the team’s traditional strength in training home-grown talents. Initially, the competition appeared to be close with both sides displaying some strong dancing. However, Cambridge’s strength in depth quickly showed, especially in the Latin section, resulting in a massive 798 points difference in the total scores.

Challenge Match Result Cambridge Oxford
Waltz 557 388
Quickstep 545 400
Cha-cha 584 361
Jive 603 342
Total 2289 1491

Cambridge overwhelmingly won the Challenge Shield. Philipp Verpoort and Nina Friedrich won the Best Latin Couple award, while CUDT veteran Paul Fannon and his partner Sarah Bull won the best Ballroom Couple and Best Overall Couple. Beginner stars Harry Kingdon and Abi Malins won the Best Newcomer award.


The afternoon began with the Varsity Match. The Oxford side had some very strong dancers but the Cambridge team was more than prepared to rise up to the challenge. In the Waltz, the competition appeared to be too close to call with some very strong dancing from both sides. However, the consistent fitness training the Cambridge team underwent soon paid off in the Quickstep – a dance that typically required much more stamina than the Waltz – and Cambridge edged ahead. The Latin dances have traditionally been a strength of Cambridge and the team quickly widened the gap with some very strong dancing.

Varsity Match Result Cambridge Oxford
Waltz 475 470
Quickstep 505 440
Cha-cha 517 428
Jive 519 426
Total 2016 1764

Cambridge won its fifth consecutive Varsity title. Outgoing Captain Kien Trinh and his partner Kirsty Mary Davies won the Best Ballroom, Best Latin and Best Overall Couple award for the Cambridge side. The Best Newcomer award went to Michael Ha and Maria Ouvarova. As a separate event, CUDT Head Coach David Mallabone also announced the Couple of the Year award, chosen by CUDT’s distinguished panel of coaches for the couple who has displayed the truest CUDT spirit in work ethics and their support for fellow team mates. Chris May-Miller and Rachel Cummings were deservingly recognised. Despite only just starting their journey in Dancesport as complete beginners in October 2015, both have shown absolute exemplary behaviour both on and off the dancefloor and they received the honour in thundering applause from the team.

The Varsity Match victory sealed off another undefeated year for Cambridge. The team has been the National and Varsity champions for the fifth consecutive year and continues to go from strength to strength. CUDT now looks forward to celebrating its success at the end of the year and to more dancing achievements in the next season, led by incoming Captain and Vice Captain Tom Nelson and Tom Brown.

The Ospreys at the Boat Race

To celebrate the 2016 Cancer Research UK Boat Races, the Ospreys will be hosting a post-race party at The White Horse in Fulham.

Tickets cost £20, which includes a drinks reception and canapés. This event will be a great place to reunite with Ospreys from across the university during the Easter vacation, as well as providing a great start to the evening before the official after party at Mahiki!

Sign up for your ticket here.

If you have any questions, contact the junior committee.