Amelia van Manen, President
Mia is a final year medic from St Edmund Hall.
She has now finally managed to retire from rowing after three blues appearances and three boat race victories (including breaking the course record in 2008) as well as multiple BUCS and club National Championship titles and Henley victories. At college level she was also Head of River for four consecutive years, along with fellow Atalanta’s members and Teddy Hall stalwarts Lucy Crane and Beccy Preece, and has been known to moonlight in Brasenose M1 from time to time.
Mia also represents Oxford in modern pentathlon, competing in the varsity match three times (captaining the team in 2010) and has been on the riding team for the past three years (captaining the second team last year). She is also the riding club president for 2012-2013. Unsure what to do with all her free time after quitting rowing, she took up trail running and triathlon and last year competed a number of marathons, culminating with Ironman Wales.
This year she is aiming for modern pentathlon and riding varsity matches, as well as the Mallorca 70.3 and a Vincent’s/Atalanta’s vs Hawk’s/Ospreys match in three peaks yacht race. As President of Atalanta’s, and with the generous support of our new sponsors, BP, Mia hopes to continue to raise the profile of Atalanta’s within and beyond the university, creating fantastic athletic, social and career opportunities for Atlanta’s members. Her commitment to fostering the strong relationships we have developed with Vincent’s goes without saying!
Rebecca Preece, Vice-President
Brianna Stubbs, Treasurer
Nina Lawrence, Membership Secretary
Nina is in her final year reading Philosophy & Psychology at Lady Margaret Hall. She has played netball for many years, representing East Midlands from 2007 to 2008 and earning her Full Blue for Oxford in the 2010 varsity match.
Nina was President of the Oxford University Netball Club during her second year and played in the winning side of the BUCS Cup Final in Sheffield (2010). Nina has also represented her college in basketball, rowing and netball (of course!) and was part of the winning team for netball cuppers in 2010 and 2011. She intends to continue playing netball for the university and to row for Lady Margaret Hall during her final year.
Nina is thoroughly looking forward to working with the rest of the 2012-2013 Atalanta’s committee and sourcing Atalanta’s the attention it deserves. From Olympic athletes to first year sportswomen, she intends to bring every Atalanta’s member together and help fuel the competitive spirit in Oxford and beyond.
Simone Paulson, Social Secretary
Simone is a 4th year medic, formerly at Christchurch, and beginning this year at Green Templeton college. She has represented Oxford for the Lightweight Blues in rowing and now plays for OUHC – playing for the Hos, aka the 3rds. She has also rowed as well as played netball and lacrosse at college level (though hand/eye coordination proves a minor issue). Assuming her currently injured leg gets better she would like to run a marathon and do blues cross country, but at the moment can’t run at all so that’s a bit optimistic.
She also has an uncommon love for fancy dress, maybe as a result of a peculiar talent to end up dressed in OUHC’s dick of the day ball dress or some other equally unattractive costume. Simone is hoping that this will somehow pay off in her role as social sec this year.
Lucy Crane, Publicity Officer
Lucy is a 4th year Earth Scientist at Teddy Hall who has tried her hand at a variety of college sports (netball, 1st VIII rowing, Tough Guy, rounders, croquet…) to varying degrees of success. However her main sport is Modern Pentathlon, and she has competed in two successful Varsity matches, captaining the team to a nail-biting victory last year. She intends to compete again this year, and is determined to gain a Full Blue, having narrowly missed out by just a few seconds last year. She is also going to attempt to run the London Marathon, having signed up for it in a fit of madness during her finals last Trinity when it seemed like a good idea.
Outside of sport, Lucy has been heavily involved in college and department life as well as Oxford Development Abroad, a charity that sends student volunteers abroad. Her experience in promoting the charity, and various events over the last few years should stand her in good stead for a successful term as Publicity Officer.
Hannah McKay, Sports Federation Representative
Hannah is the elected Sports Federation President for 2012/13, having recently graduated from Keble College where she read Physiology.
Hannah has played netball as long as she can remember, and was involved in the Team Bath NTL setup before coming to Oxford. Since then she has played every quarter of every OUNC Blues match over the last three years, winning a Full Blue following victory over Cambridge in 2010. She then captained the Blues to a 16-goal winning margin in the 2012 Varsity Match, winning a second Full Blue.
As Sports Federation President, Hannah provides a valuable link between Atalanta’s Society and the 87 University Sports Clubs. An active member of Atalanta’s for the past year and a half, Hannah is looking forward to continuing the promotion of sporting, social and career opportunities for Oxford girls both at university and beyond.
Elle Gatehouse, Blues Committee Representative
Elle is in her final year studying Physics at Christ Church.
In younger years, Elle spent most of her time on the back of a horse competing in Tetrathlon and Cross-Country at a national level. However, since coming to university, she has made athletics her main sport having been county champion in her last year at school in both the 100m and 200m. She has led the short sprints squad in the last three Varsity matches and captained this year’s victorious side.
Away from the track, Elle has also been known to dabble in a bit of Modern Pentathlon, College Hockey and has even been previously seen on a Cross-Country running course (although without that much success!).
As Women’s Blues Committee President, she hopes to further cement and deepen the link between Atalanta and the Blues Committee as well as continue the Blues presentation ceremony that was started last year.
Tara Livesey, Outreach Officer
Tara is in her final year reading Economics and Management at Hertford.
She plays lacrosse and has represented the 2nd team in 2 varsity matches and a BUCS final, having captained the North of England squad before coming to university. She has also tried her hand at many college sports – from swimming and netball to croquet and dodgeball.
As Outreach Officer she is looking forward to forging strong links with local schools to identify and support promising young athletes. This started with a very successful camp joint with the Vincent’s boys, of which there will hopefully be many more.