I 35 www.sport.ox.ac.ukTRAMPOLININGIt was a successful year for Oxford University Trampolining Club. Three long sessions a week, supervised by helpful and well-qualified coaches, resulted in remarkable development and improvement for many participants throughout the year. In February, a few members competed in the Midlands Regional round of BUCS. Their solid performances weren't unfortunately enough to qualify for the national final. In both male and female elite categories the Club had one representative who qualified in the final, although unfortunately they were unable to attend in the end due to the end of term.In March, the Club hosted the Varsity Match. The three teams of four people performed very well, but the match was lost to an exceptionally strong Cambridge team.In May the Club organized a Cuppers competition. The friendly atmosphere of the event and several impressive high-score performances encouraged some of the competitors to join the Club.TRIATHLON2010 has been an exciting year for OUTriC, marked by a number of key developments in the sport of Varsity Triathlon. The year was kicked off with the freshers' aquathlon, increasing the size of the Club to 84 members, the largest it has been since its inception. As in previous years, athletes from OUTriC participated in a number of local and national events, posting good performances in the individual disciplines and in multisport competition. Of note, our Women's Team of Josephine Anselin, Rachel Hall and Natasha Poole placed third at BUCS Sprint Triathlon, winning the Team Bronze Medal. Lee Harper achieved an individual top 20 place at this race, beating a number of British Age Group competitors; Lee also placed second overall in the Bath Olympic Triathlon.This year the Committee has worked hard to develop the Club and the sport of Varsity triathlon. We began this process by building stronger links with British Triathlon, the governing body for the sport in the UK. As a result of this the Club was allocated a number of free coaching sessions with Rob Robson, a British Triathlon level three coach. A number of changes were made to the Varsity Match this year, on a trial basis, to encourage further participation from members of both Oxford and Cambridge University Triathlon Clubs. Sadly, in spite of the hard work and dedication of all our athletes, both the Men's and Women's Varsity Matches were won by a narrow margin by Cambridge this year. Nevertheless, there were strong and encouraging performances by a number of individuals from Oxford.With the Club's development programme now in place, we will return next year with greater breadth and depth of talent, and victory will be ours once again.ULTIMATE FRISBEEOxford University Ultimate Frisbee has continued to expand this year, with a fantastic intake of freshers.
36 I OXFORD UNIVERSITY I SPORTS REVIEW 2010 www.sport.ox.ac.ukUNDERWATER EXPLORATIONThe 2009 summer holidays involved several trips to Torquay, Swanage (wrecks of the Aeolian Sky and the Kyarra) and Weymouth, and culminated in a week-long expedition to see the seals in the Farne islands in Northumberland and the beautiful marine reserve in St Abbs just over the border.After the try-dives at the beginning of the year we gained eight new novices and six already qualified members who wanted to do further training with us. The Club membership now stands at approximately 60 members. Sessions continued to run on Wednesday evenings at Radley pool, as well as a few weekends of lectures and theory training. Training also continued for the already-qualified trainees in open water in November when we took them to Stoney Cove, a quarry dive-site in Leicestershire. The Easter trip was a roaring success with 29 attendees this year; highlights included a giant octopus, swimming with the dolphins and a who-can-catch-the-biggest-crab competition. Everyone had a great time enjoying the beautiful scenery both above and below the surface, especially the stunning dives on the Manacles rocks.We have continued to train our members in first aid, instructing, boat handling and dive leading. Trips for 2010 have already started, with a return visit to St Abbs, more trips to Torquay and a trip to Weymouth with several other Oxfordshire clubs. This summer's highlight was a week-long expedition to the sound of Mull. In the future we also intend to run a trip abroad, as well as a two-week expedition to the west coast of Ireland in 2011. All in all it promises to be a busy year of diving.VOLLEYBALLThe Volleyball Club, now comprising six teams (both Men's and Women's First and Second teams as well as National League teams) enjoyed a rewarding season. Both the Men's and Women's First student teams finished top of the Midlands Conference 1A in the BUCS league, which saw both teams travel up to Sheffield to compete in the BUCS finals tournament. The Women finished in an impressive fifth place, and the Men came home after gaining seventh position. The Women's First Team also qualified for the EVA Student Cup Finals in Norwich, where they battled their way to finish in fourth position. The Men's Second Team finished in third position of the Midlands Conference 2A, as did the Women.On February 28th Oxford hosted the Varsity Match, where all four teams competed against the Cambridge sides in what would eventually turn out to be a draw, with Oxford being the victors of the Women's First and Men's Second team matches, and Cambridge winning the Women's Second and Men's First team matches. In May the Club alumni were invited back to Oxford to challenge the current student teams in the annual Alumni Match. With alumni coming from as far as the States, the matches were an entertaining display of competitive friendships! The Men's Alumni team proved that 'retired' players can still have it, when they beat the current student team in what was a hard-fought and very high-level match. The National league teams also ended their seasons on a high note when both were promoted from Division 3 to Division 2, which will mean more challenging matches in the season ahead.The Cuppers competition was held in Hinksey Park alongside a Town vs. Gown-style tournament in which some teams came from Reading and London to compete. Not content with grass, 16 Club members made their way to Bournemouth to enter the EVA Beach Student Cup at the end of Trinity. OUVC is also continuing to participate in Outreach activities to teach volleyball in Oxford schools where otherwise it may not be part of the P.E. curriculum.WALKINGThe academic year 2009-10 has been another busy and successful year for our Club. The OU Walking Club's aims are the support, development, improvement and promotion of friendship between its members by means of organizing walks around Oxford and elsewhere, and social meetings. In total we had 14 weekend trips this year and four day trips. In Trinity term we organized two special trips: wild camping in the Lake District and navigation training in the Brecon Beacons. WATER POLOThis year has been one of the most exciting and successful years for OUWPC. At the start of the year we took on some fantastic Men's players, all representing their respective countries at Junior International level: Byron de Preez from Zimbabwe, Andrei Seceusu from Romania and Sam George from New Zealand. The Women have also done fantastically this year, as they had to rebuild their team after losing some players.The Men's season, valiantly led by Fritz von Guionneau, was their most successful in the Club's recent history. Michaelmas started strongly, and they competed in the U-Polo and BUCS leagues. In February the Varsity was toughly contended, but the Men managed to gain a well-deserved 6-4 victory, especially after they won the previous week against Cambridge with a more convincing score line. After topping the BUCS league, they progressed through to the semi-finals. Again they topped the qualifying group, beating last year's finalists Manchester Met and securing their place in Sheffield for the finals as one of only six Oxford University teams to reach this level, with an unbeaten record against another university team in the season. Unfortunately they were out-muscled by some strong teams, two of them based in Manchester where the GB set-up is. They were placed fourth overall, and although disappointing not to have done better, it is important to remember that this year's team is competing on a level with teams with current senior internationals.The Women's Team lost narrowly to Cambridge by one goal, with many chances arising in the last few minutes of the game when the result was tied, making it one of the best and most nail-biting events of the day. Although narrowly missing out on the BUCS semis, they did top the U-Polo Midland Women's League, allowing them to progress for the first time to the finals in Cardiff.This year was the first time a Men's Second Team has been competitively entered. In their inaugural season, they were placed fourth in the U-Polo Midland Second Division. This team is expected to do even better next year.Cuppers in Trinity Term 2009 was the largest event so far, with more Colleges and more people competing than ever before. It was a