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Oxford University v Cardiff at Iffley Road Sports pitch, October 2016 

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Sporting Awards

The deadline for applications for this year's Sporting Awards has now passed. Winners will be notified in due course and awards will be paid via electronic transfer.

Last year Carl Britto - a Rhodes scholar and student at St John’s - won a Sporting Award. He used the cash prize to take part in various triple jump competitions, paying for travel and registration fees, as well as a new pair of spikes.

His training is reaping dividends. In 2017, Britto, who is studying for a DPhil in Paediatrics, has already won the Cardiff athletics meeting in the triple jump, finished fifth in the British University Indoor Athletics Championships. He and won the triple jump and team long jump in both 2016 and 2017 in the Varsity match.

Britto said: ‘I am grateful for the support from the Alumni Association. I am in a good position to defend my title at the Varsity match and perform well at the British University Outdoor Athletics Championship. I am also selected to be part of the Achilles transatlantic team, representing the combined team of Oxford and Cambridge against the Ivy League teams.'

In 2016, triathlete Fergus Cumming, who is studying for a DPhil in Economics at Nuffield, was awarded a Sporting Award. He used the cash prize to buy equipment, including stationary cycling turbo machines and swimming equipment for the University’s Triathlon Club.

Cumming said: ‘The Triathlon Club continues to go from strength to strength and its 120 members will all benefit from the new equipment. We are grateful for the funding from the Alumni Association – it has made a real difference. We’re all training hard for the Varsity Match against Cambridge in May, and are expecting good results for all our teams.'