Sporting Life

Kellogg has quickly established itself as a great contributor to the sporting life of the University, at collegiate and varsity level. Our students have become known for their achievements at the highest representative levels, whilst the college has also developed wider sporting opportunities for all its members.

This is from modest beginnings. In the academic year 1993–4, the College (still named Rewley House) entered a team in the Teddy Hall Relay. The following year the team entered as Kellogg and the year after that saw men’s and women’s teams enter. The College punt was established at Cherwell Boathouse in 1993–4 and is still going strong, much used by students and Common Room Members during the summer months.

Since 2000 Kellogg has consistently been a key contributor to the elite Blues rugby and rowing squads which regularly compete against national-level teams and crews. Kellogg’s first Blue was won in 2000 when American international prop forward, Ray Lehner, played in the rugby Varsity match at Twickenham. Between 2000 and 2014, 21 Kellogg students have won a total of 38 rugby Blues. In 2014 George Cullen, of Kellogg and England Students, was top scorer in Oxford’s record 43-6 victory over Cambridge. Kellogg’s contribution has been significant on and off the field. John Carter was Club Captain for a record-breaking three years (2011–13); Matt Street followed his Blues (2003, 2005) by coaching the under-21s; and Fellow, Kate Tiller, was elected to the Rugby Club Committee in 2001 (its first woman member) and in 2015 is Senior Member for OURFC.

Kellogg has provided a number of rowers in both the men’s and women’s University boats. This promises to continue with Alice Carrington-Windo in training with the University Women’s Boat Club for 2015. This will be the first year that the women’s race takes place over the same course and on the same day as men, so it is indeed a momentous race for us both to participate in and to support.

Kellogg’s rowing at college level really started in 2004–5, when Joseph von Maltzahn (who went on to represent Kellogg in the 2005 Boat Race) rowed with Christ Church Boat Club in the absence of a Kellogg club. This began a partnership between Christ Church and Kellogg followed in 2005 by a formal affiliation whereby Kellogg students, males and females of all levels, would train and compete with Christ Church Boat Club (whilst also representing Kellogg). This has allowed Kellogg students to enjoy all the privileges of a well-supported college team. The partnership also included an agreement that Christ Church could be called upon to assist if Kellogg wished to set up its own club and, in our twenty-fifth year, this is an endeavour very much in the mind of the Sports Committee.

However, there is much more to Kellogg sport than simply rowing and rugby. The College now has an established football team with an official College strip. Andrew Tomkinson, a student on the MSt. in Creative Writing, is the President of the University Tae Kwon-Do Society and in 2014 led his club to a hard-fought victory over Cambridge in the annual Varsity fixture. There are many opportunities for students to get involved in sport less formally; the MCR owns a croquet set and organises a Kellogg croquet tournament each year as well as entering teams in Croquet Cuppers. Plans are under way for an area of the College gardens to be turned into a full-size, competition-standard croquet lawn.

In 2014 Kellogg entered a team in Equestrian Cuppers, coming away with a win in the Novice category. A team also entered Athletics Cuppers, albeit with very little practice but great enthusiasm. They were in fact the only College able to produce a full relay team! Kellogg has an established relationship with Linacre College for Kellogg students to join the Linacre gym at a reduced rate. Kellogg also joins with Wolfson, St Cross and Linacre Colleges to form a cricket team.

Throughout the last twenty five years, sport has been part of Kellogg’s developing personality as a college. It has also helped to raise awareness of the college in Oxford and beyond. There is every reason to believe it is now firmly embedded, and will continue to shape the lives of our students and to influence wider University sport for the better.

Emma Moran
MCR President 2014-2015