There is no obligation to compete, but for those who have done gymnastics before or would like a challenge, there are lots of friendly competitions over the year which give you the chance to travel and compete across the country!
There are competitions for all levels, including competitions on all four women’s and all six men’s apparatus (some even let women compete on the men’s equipment and vice versa so you guys can show us your bravery on the beam, and the girls your strength on the rings!).
If you’re at all interested in competing, feel free to get in touch with us if you want to find out more: contact the Men’s Captain or Women’s Captain (contact details here).
As well as Cuppers and Varsity, there are a number of national competitions to look out for: the Birmingham Open, University of Bath friendly, the Basingstoke Invitational (open to individuals), the British Veterans (info here: normally held over the summer vacation), the Loughborough Open and the BUCS Championships (info here: held in Hilary term, open to individuals and teams, depending on numbers).
Every Michaelmas term we hold a Cuppers match where athletes can compete and win points for their college – the college with the most points at the end of the competition becomes Cuppers champion (lots of kudos + yes, you do get a cup).
It’s really fun and informal, with both beginners and advanced categories, so encourage all your friends to come and join in – you get points just for taking part! Both men and women can choose any eight floor skills and a vault to perform.
Every Hilary term, Oxford and Cambridge gymnasts meet for the annual Varsity Match. We aim to enter four teams (men and women, 1st and 2nd, often incorporating several levels) and it’s a great occasion for people to showcase the skills they have learnt.
In 2017, the Oxford Women’s A team only just lost out to a very strong Cambridge team whilst the B team girls won a resounding victory. Special congratulations to Beth Andrew (Women’s Captain) for achieving the full blue standard and a third place finish, and to Leanne Smith for winning the B string and to Sadie Robertson for a solid silver. The Men’s team really gave Cambridge a run for their money (in comparison to a 100 mark deficit in 2016, they came second by just 8 marks) and showed great strength to excel on all apparatus. Congratulations to Sid Baines and Jamie Carpenter for their full blues and a huge thank you to Grant Cox-Sehmi for stepping in at the last moment and still smashing four pieces! A massive well done to everyone.
For the full results see below: