Cambridge alumni successes in 2019 World Rowing Championships

10 Cambridge rowers have been involved in successes at the World Championships, thus qualifying their boats for entry to the 2020 Olympics.

Former winners of Hawks’ Charitable Trust awards were:

Imogen Grant (Trinity, Blue 2017,18) – GB Lightweight Double – Bronze medal

Holly Hill (Downing, Blue 2015,16,17) – GB Women’s Four – winners B Final

Melissa Wilson (Lucy Cavendish, Blue 2013,14,15,16) – GB Women’s Quadruple skulls – 6th in A Final

Ida Jacobsen (Newnham, Blue 2019) – Denmark Women’s Four – Bronze medal

Olivia Coffey (Homerton, Blue 2018) – USA Women’s 8 – Bronze medal

Other Cambridge Blues featuring:

Renae Domaschenz (Darwin, Lightweight cox 2004) – Australia PR3 Mixed Four – 4th in A Final

Henry Fieldman (Homerton, Blue 2013) – GB Men’s 8 – Bronze medal

Patrick Elbe (Blue 2017) – USA Men’s 8 – 5th in A Final

Others taking part:

Natan Węgrzycki-Szymczyk (Blue 2019) – Poland

Dara Alizadeh (Blue 2018,19) – Bermuda


Hawks’ Club
Result of Hawks’ Club vote on Ospreys access arrangements

The Hawks’ Club Committee is pleased to report that Hawks’ Club Members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of its proposal to formalise the basis on which Resident Ospreys access the Hawks’ Clubhouse.

Resident Ospreys have been using the Hawks’ Clubhouse on an informal basis for a number of years – socially, as guests of Resident Hawks, but also for meetings, prize-giving ceremonies and dinners.

The Committee has now received a clear and strong mandate from Club Members to formalise arrangements. This move will solidify the long-standing history of cooperation that exists between Hawks and Ospreys, and will have far-reaching benefits for both Clubs, as our respective Members continue to work closely together to champion sport at Cambridge and organize joint social, fundraising and community outreach activities.

The Hawks’ Club Committee will now begin the work necessary to implement the proposal. In the meantime, if you have any questions about this matter, please contact

Victorious 1973 CURUFC team’s reunion at the Clubhouse

Some 14 of the victorious 1973 CURUFC side, supplemented by others who toured Rhodesia in summer 1974, met at the Club on 4 December 2018. Guests had travelled from all over the world: Australia, South Africa, USA and Dubai.

All gathered in the Clubhouse

In addition, Donald McKenzie, (Magdalene 1972-74) a Zimbabwean Hawk (cricket) and cultural attaché for the Tour, plus Austin Jessop, (Fitzwillian 1970-73) the 1972 scrum half  also attended. We finally welcomed  as our Guest, the then coach, Ian Robertson (Christ’s 1966-68)

Robbo had just retired from a lifetime of service to rugby broadcasting and we were delighted to say thank you for all he has done. In return, he regaled us with just enough anecdotes to make us buy his autobiography, but not so many that we chanted the end of the stories.

For lovers of history, we toured as the Light Blue Travellers, since both the university and Labour Government opposed our visit. Each tourist was given the opportunity to decide if he wished to tour a country led by what was then an ‘illegal’ regime, having declared UDI from the British Government (and incidentally was at war with terrorist infiltrators, some led by Mr Robert Mugabe). One player turned the opportunity down.

We won all seven matches, played all around the country. Four players played every minute of every game. No substitutes. To bring us down to earth, on one occasion we were given an armoured car escort from Victoria Falls airport to our hotel.

Whatever your politics it was an extraordinary opportunity, fully grasped.


Pushing the Boundaries: Cricket in the Eighties

Derek Pringle (Fitzwilliam 1979-82)

Published by Hodder & Stoughton, November 2018

Long listed for The Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year Award

Pringle’s tale is both a love letter to the greatest player of his generation, Sir Ian Botham and an engaging romp in which cricket only plays a walk-on part.’ Michael Atherton

The Eighties was a colourful period in English cricket. As a member of the most successful team in Essex’s history and an England side capable of extraordinary highs and lows, Derek Pringle was lucky enough to be in the thick of it….

Read the full review here on the publisher’s website:

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Hawks & Ospreys celebrate University of Cambridge Sport in House of Lords

On the evening of 19 October 2018 members of the Hawks and Ospreys Clubs came together at a reception on the House of Lords Terrace to celebrate University of Cambridge Sport.

Hosted by Hawk Chris Holmes, the event welcomed Olympians and international athletes (pictured), plus many others including the current Presidents of both clubs who represented Cambridge in a wide variety of sports.

The event was part of the Hawks’ Club’s growing activity of events to promote and support sport at the University and fundraise for its Charitable Trust, that provides awards to male and female athletes to pursue their sport whilst studying at Cambridge.

Lord Holmes MBE is the greatest Olympian the University has produced, winning a total of nine gold, five silver, and one bronze medals for Great Britain at the Paralympic games in swimming in Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney.

Welcoming fellow Hawks and Ospreys to Parliament, he said “sport at the University of Cambridge has a long and proud tradition.  There is such a breadth of opportunity for people of all abilities to try something new or progress to higher levels.  With the Hawks’ Club Charitable Trust established  as the largest charity devoted to funding sport in the University, we can all be proud to be a Hawk or Osprey.”

Olympic and World Champion silver medallists John Pritchard chairs the Hawks’ Club Development Committee.  He added, “sport binds people together like nothing else.  Everyone at the event shares a common background and we are all part of the same family.  I am grateful to Chris Holmes for hosting this event as Lord Karan Bilimoria who was due to host was unavailable, and all Hawks and Ospreys who could attend this evening.  With your interest in sport at Cambridge, we can continue to develop talented athletes and encourage people from all backgrounds to try something new and stay healthy throughout their time at and beyond Cambridge.”

The next major Hawks’ Club event is the London Dinner at The Savoy Hotel on 6 December. The 2nd Sports Lecture and Dinner will take place on 5 June 2018 at The Hurlingham Club, London SW6, when the speaker will be cricketer Ed Smith.

L-R: John Pritchard (Olympic rowing silver medalist); Steph Cook MBE (Olympic modern pentathlon gold medalist), Lord Chris Holmes MBE (Paralympic gold (nine), silver (five), bronze (two) medalist); Mike Biggar (Scotland rugby union); Annamarie Phelps CBE (Rowing World Champion and Olympian); Alex O’Connell (British Fencing Champion and Olympian); Ed Smith (England cricket).

A Hawk at the Olympics – Rio 2016

By Gordon A. S. C Wilson (Jesus 1986, CU Hare & Hounds, CU Athletics, CU Ski and Snowboard)

A Hawk at the Olympics

On Form

Mike Brearley (St John’s 1960-1963)

Published by Little, Brown September 2017

The Times Sports Book of the Year 2017. Daily Telegraph Sports Book of the Year 2017

This 12-page PDF, The Point of Sport  (171Kb) forms a chapter in Mike Brearley’s book ‘On Form’,  which was published in September 2017.

 It was delivered by Mike as the Club’s inaugural Sports Lecture at Lord’s in March 2017.  

Mike Brearley OBE (St John’s 1960-1963) captained Cambridge University, Middlesex and England. He captained his country in 31 of his 39 Test Matches, losing only four. He was the President of the MCC in 2007–08. Since his retirement from professional cricket he has pursued a career as a writer and psychoanalyst, serving as President of the British Psychoanalytical Society 2008–10. Previous publications include  The Art of Captaincy: What Sport Teaches Us About Leadership (2015).

Buy a copy of On Form and enjoy free home delivery here.

Internationals and Olympians in nine sports

A 12-page A5 booklet published in March 2017 covered five sports: Athletics, Cricket, Hockey, Rowing and Rugby Football Union. The latest (16-page) version published In October 2017, shown here, includes four additional sports: Association Football, Fencing, Golf and Lawn Tennis.

The next edition is planned for April 2018. Will your sport be included in that edition?

Hawks’ Internationals Oct 2017

Olympians and Internationals in nine sports



An A2 poster of All Olympians can be downloaded by clicking on the image. It is a list created by the University and updated by Hawks’ Club in March 2017

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