This week, the Annual Blues Awards night was held at the Oxford Union. This was an evening where all Blues athletes at the University were invited to celebrate their achievements and accept their Blues awards. Both the OUIHC Women’s and Men’s Blues were there representing Ice Hockey at the event.
The keynote speaker of the event was Olympic Skier Chemmy Alcott, who made an inspiring speech about her career and about not being afraid to take risks to reach your goals. Chemmy also mentioned that even though she has now retired from professional skiing, she is still interested in sports and enjoys trying new things. She also said that she would like to try ice hockey if she had the opportunity. During the drinks reception after the talk the women’s blues chatted to Chemmy and made sure to invite her to come try the sport at one of their sessions.
In addition to the talk, the night was about presenting Blues to those who had earned them throughout the year. The Oxford Blue is a prestigious award for the best student athletes representing the University in the Varsity Match against Cambridge. This season, the players from the OUIHC earned a total of 20 half-blues and 2 first team colours. The night was particularly special for the OUIHC Men’s Blues who were awarded Blues for the first time since 2012. Additionally, one full-blue was award to Alan Keeso of the Men’s Blues following a Blues Committee vote after Awards Night. Overall those who came had a great time with talks, drinks, and canapés in the company of some of the top athletes of Oxford University.
Half-Blues were presented to: Jen Brawn, Daniil Butman, Charlotte Cato, Dallas Clement, Tim Donnison, Damien Frost, Joshua Hammond, Rebekka Harding-Smith, Kate Koch, Mel Lam, Jenn Lawrence, Daniel Lock, Fiona McKendrick, Ellie Park, Linda Perkio, Kaylie Smith, Gabi Smyth, Jordan Thompson, Benjamin Verboom, and Martin Vesely.
First Team Colours were awarded to: Andrea Francisco and Jemima Peppel.
An Extraordinary Full Blue was later awarded to Alan Keeso by the Men’s Blues Committee.