The Varsity Match 2018

Gymnastics Varsity 2018 has undoubtedly been the best competition yet. With the introduction of a Men’s B team competition, the standard of gymnastics has never been higher.

The final result was a Cambridge victory but this was by no means an easy win. Oxford put forward their strongest teams, achieving individual all-around medals in both the Men’s and Women’s A team competitions and a record-breaking number of Blues:

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Half Blues

Meg Buckley – 2nd in WAG AA
Katrina Kelly – 3rd in WAG AA
Sid Baines (c)
Jamie Carpenter – 3rd in MAG AA
Grant Cox-Sehmi
Alex Koziell
Eric LeGresley
Liza Hadley
Leanne Smith (c)

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Thank you to everyone for all of your hard work in the run up to Varsity and well done on all of your performances, we are proud of you all! We had a great day competing alongside you, so we hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did!

Leanne Smith, Women’s Captain 2017/18

 

Competition to make the teams was fierce and I don’t think our club has ever brought such a talented, amazing group of gymnasts to a Varsity match. I’m so proud of everyone’s individual performances and this is tangibly reflected in the closing of the gap of overall scores against Cambridge. So, tabs, you better watch out – we’re hot on your heels!

The inaugural Men’s B team competition is yet another tangible result of how far OUGym has come since I joined in 2015. From struggling to find a complete Men’s A team to struggling to choose who would make the B team! Even more warming is the fact that this progress has been noticed not only by club members, but by Varsity judges who return year on year and were so impressed by the standard of our men this year. Special thanks to Matt Green and Stephen Anyon, who make the long trip down from Preston each year to judge for us – we hope to welcome you both within other aspects of the club in future years!

Another massive thank you has to go to Serena Chang (President 2016/17) who did so much for the club during her time on Committee and has continued to support us after graduating: judging at both Cuppers and Varsity and providing valuable advice for the Women after the competition. OUGym provides such a supportive environment, where your team-mates are also your best friends, and I’m honoured to be a part of it.

Further thanks go our wonderfully supportive coach, Chris Seelig; all the other judges: Tracy Seelig, Philip Davis, Annie Muston and David Ho; our photographers: YueJin Oh and Zak Szymonski; and all spectators who helped create such a supportive environment. Varsity is undoubtedly the highlight of OUGym’s year and the day wouldn’t have been possible without you and I hope you all had as much fun as we did.

Thanks to Oxford’s amazing captains, Leanne Smith and Sid Baines, whom event organisation would have been impossible without. Both I and your teams have so much love and respect for you – thank you from everyone for being super captains and giving up much of your own training time to help everyone else’s routines flourish. Thanks to Sadie Robertson for taking on the arduous task of adding up scores and for Megan Gosling’s hilarious commentary. Last but definitely not least, thanks to Jess Mason for organising a super buffet social to satiate us all after a long competition – it was the perfect way to finish off the day! The OUGym committee is made up of the kindest, most helpful and most fun group of people and I’d thoroughly recommend applying!

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OUGym Committee 2017/18

Final scores can be found below – congratulations again for the astounding number of Blues awarded this year and for all those who achieved individual medals!

Final Varsity Scores

Varsity 2018 was certainly the highlight of my time at OUGym. Congrats to everyone who competed and exceeded my expectations in the standard of gymnastics. Final thanks to all club members for providing such a supportive network both at the competition and during the lead-up to it. I hope that the standard of gymnastics at Oxford only goes up from here.

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Christmas Dinner & Socials!

Over my two-and-a-bit years at OU Gymnastics, I’ve learned that the people you train with are as big of a factor as the training itself.

Time spent together, both inside and outside the gym, is what motivates us to leap higher, turn faster, and become stronger. It takes the best parts of what makes us human, and uses them to burn a fire that get’s passed down from member to member, even when times change and some of us have long gone…

Without any doubt, the team would be A LOT different without our socials. From nights out, to nights in, rowdy dinners or maybe just getting together to watch cheesy gymnastics movies – pretty much anyone has some place or time that they will enjoy with us!

Our most recent was the OuGym Christmas dinner!

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Plenty of FUN (as usual) was had for the festive season. Secret Santas delivered presents to their fellow teammates. The very merry of us were given away by their rosy cheeks, and although the group who went to the club afterwards were disappointed by the lack of Christmas music, they still partied like it was Oxmas 2017!

Hope to see you at the next social!

~Ougym

Cuppers 2017!

A huge congratulations to all who came down to take part in our inter-college competition this year!

From beginners to advanced, we’re so proud of anyone and everyone who had the courage to step up to the floor or take on the vault and simply take part in such an amazing sport. You smashed it guys!

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(The victorious Queen’s Team with their cup)

This year saw a victory from Queen’s, and 2nd and third place to St Johns and Christ Church respectively. Scores, courtesy of our wonderful judges are here: Gymnastics-Cuppers-Scores-2017

We hope you all enjoyed yourselves, and that this served as a nice warm up for some of bigger, exciting competitions in Hilary such as Varsity and the Birmingham Open.

Until then, keep on flippin’!

~Ougym

It’s Results Day! Ready for the New Term?

Congratulations to everyone who has received their exam results – we’re so excited to welcome you to OU Gym in October!17191207_1137554473037038_5760376867550207261_n

Last year was a blast – we doubled our membership, and the levels of fun we had more than quadrupled. Our gymnasts achieved so much; whether it was their first backward roll, back tucks or double backs!

We look forward to seeing new members of all abilities joining us: we have a lot on offer for both experienced gymnasts and complete beginners.

Some things you should be excited about:

  • NEW EQUIPMENT: The previously stark training at Iffley is getting an upgrade! Expect new crash mats, springboards, and a mushroom – perfect for learning or perfecting new skills!
  • FREE CONDITIONING: Our absolutely priceless conditioning sessions will be making a return. Tuesdays 20:00-21:00. Our experienced Men’s and Women’s Captains (and perhaps other committee members) will have you burning away that University fresher’s booze belly!
  • SOCIALLLS! Our new social secretary, Jess, has already begun organising our reputably fun, wild and epic social events. Under supervision of Natalie, out previous social secretary (now President), there’s now doubt we’re going to have as much fun as ever!
  • NEW SKILLS. WOWS AND AMAZEMENT: existing members who train in the summer often come back with a whole array of new skills to show off and teach. Some people we know for sure are going to train hard and level up, but we also get some awesome and unexpected surprises each year… I for one have a few aces up my sleeve 😉

And of course… be excited about, and excited by our 2017 VARSITY SHOWREEL, released TODAY!

Over and out!

2017 Photoshoot!

OUGym are coming to the end of quite honestly one of our most successful years yet. We’ve seen progress in all aspects of the club, from our massive membership increase… to top-quality displays not only in competitions, but also as stunt performers in numerous Oxford Balls.

It’s not surprising, then, that when photographer Leon Kong produced these brilliant photographs, he captured a vibrant, frivolous and close atmosphere.

Here are some, the rest can be found on our facebook page. I hope the smiles on their faces put a smile on yours!

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Here’s to another great year!

Time for Trinity Term

So the new term has begun! And despite exams looming, the crew are back in the gym and training: whether it be to smash their new goals or just have a little fun.

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The list goes on…

This week we’ve seen some exciting preparations for by our Balliol Ball performers, who’ll be flipping and dancing in front of spectators on Saturday the 6th. Keep an eye out for sneak peeks of their routines on social media!

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A sneek peek from one of our secret training venues…

This week also saw the official Blues Presentation Evening for our top athletes, so a shout out to our Blues Recipients this year: Jamie Carpenter and Sid Baines from our Men’s team, and Beth Andrews from the Women’s. Another two of our gymnasts, Grant Cox-Sehmi and Alex Koziell, also received half-blues. Congrats to them and all our athletes who have been working hard this year!

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Grant, Beth, Sid and Jamie

Next week holds some May-Day celebrations (will we stay awake this time?) followed swiftly by our Annual General Meeting, for which our new President Natalie is organising some delicious PIZZA.

That’s all for now~

Over and Out

We’ve come to the end of a packed Hilary term and as we begin to look for a new committee, here’s a fond farewell message from our President:

Dear All,

I can’t quite believe that my time on an OU Gym Committee is coming to an end – perhaps that’s why I still feel the need to start my sentences as if I’m writing an email!

It really has been such a significant part of my degree to be part of this Club and this really is a testament to all its members. I hope, whether you’ve come down to one session or twenty or just are planning to in the future that you feel the same! You’ve been such a lovely bunch of people and have done us all proud.

This term I have to give particular congratulations to our competitive squad, who have been true dark Blue athletes in the face of adVARSITY (pun credit to Katrina). As match reports came in from Loughborough Open (15th Feb), I was struck by how supportive you all were to everyone else, and so willing to cheer each other on. There was even more of the same from BUCS (25th/26th Feb) a couple of weeks later.

And when it came to the big day, the 30th Oxford-Cambridge Varsity match, you really pulled it off. I think even Cambridge would agree with me in saying this was the highest standard of respectable, dignified and impressive gymnastics seen at a Varsity match for a long time. We’re also so happy that we had such a great crowd of spectators which made all the difference! You guys are fab.

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Team Dark Blue (or is it pink?) at Varsity 2k17

Individual mentions should go to: Beth Andrew who has led the women’s team ferociously this term, driving all over the country, she’s been a terrific organisational help, lead sessions and to top it off she brought back her own individual medal and Full Blue from Varsity. It’s also been a pleasure to have Erin Hylton on loan from the States for a year, her floor routine will never fail to wow a crowd. Highest Varsity floor score was well deserved. Caitlin, we don’t know how you rowed Torpids, got blades, and still pulled off a sterling beam routine at Varsity. Gabbie and Liza – you have both done so much for the Club and all the teams, and it was a pleasure to watch you pulling off new skills on the big day.

Women’s B team – you are such champions! Congratulations for winning such a solid victory and Shoeing Some Tabs. And extra massive well done to our medallists Leanne (GOLD) and Sadie (SILVER), who put forward such a high standard of gymnastics it’s no wonder the scores were so impressive! Jess, Yiyi and Lottie also had brilliant performances, sealing the team competition victory with style.

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Womens B team champs!

Men – what a year it’s been. It’s been a saga and a half pulling together a team, but honestly anyone who was part of this process should be really proud. Our final selection; Jamie, Sid, Alex K, Grant, Jack and James were a force to be reckoned with and had phenomenal fighting spirit. Extra congratulations to Jamie (SILVER) and Sid for year-round exciting performances, and to Alex who says after driving a full minibus, the competition was actually a relief!

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Mens BUCS squad

The Club has also loved welcoming our external training partners, who may be from the world of work, Oxford Brookes or other exciting walks of life! You add great things to the training atmosphere, but especially those who have competed with us this year (Clare-Marie, Mollie, Emma) you deserve lots of congratulations for really great form.

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Our lovely training partners

Overall, it’s been a highly memorable term and full of fun as well as competition training. Our Stick It and Stir Fry film night was one highlight, along with our lovely team dinner at the end of the year. Thank you, as ever to Nat for being an organisational queen. In the upcoming term, we’re looking forward to plenty more fun too – ball performances, trying new skills, conditioning in Uni parks with glorious weather (touch wood) and more that we probably haven’t even thought of yet. The next Committee certainly has a lot to look forward to.

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What a crazy club – we love you all! 

And with that I will be signing off, for the final time! We recently received a message from a former OU Gym president praising the Club’s recent achievements which have gone from strength to strength in the last year (her words!). I can’t tell you how much of an honour it’s been to be part of that. The outgoing committee should be really proud of themselves too. We should also give bundles of thanks to Chris, our coach, who does an unbelievable amount for the Club. We couldn’t manage without you, Chris!

I will be back soon to visit I hope – if you’ll have me!

Love and best wishes,

Serena