2016/17 Committee

President
Gregor Cremosnik

gregorI’m 28 years old, and I started my judo career in Regensdorf, Switzerland. I have been at Oxford Judo since 2014 when I started my DPhil in Organic Chemistry at Wadham College.

I started judo in Switzerland at age 6, and I haven’t stopped since. I’m currently a 2nd Dan, and my favourite throw is Tai-otoshi. I think judo is a great sport as it not only trains your body but also your mind and your character.

My biggest accomplishments in judo were several medals with my team in the Swiss National Team League (something like the Premier League for judo), and also participating in the European Championship for teams.

I have been very lucky to have come to such a great club, and as President I hope to be able to develop it further in both judo related and social aspects.

Women’s Captain
Emily Hampshire

emilyI am 19 years old from Durham, and I am a second year law student at New College.

I started judo at the age of 7, and am now a 1st Dan. Not only is judo an excellent way of learning how to defend yourself, but it is also a great way of increasing physical and mental fitness, self-discipline and self-confidence. I have made some of my best friends in Oxford at OUJC, and I am keen to maintain the supportive and friendly atmosphere of the club this year.

With more women on the mat than ever I also hope that during my year as Women’s Captain it will see the women’s team being increasingly successful.

Men’s Captain
Pete Miles

pete-bucsI’m 20 years old, and I’m from Bristol. I’m in my 3rd year studying for an undergraduate in Mathematics at University College.

I started judo when I was 7 years old and now train at Bradley Stoke Judo Club in Bristol. I am a 2nd Dan, and some of my best achievements include winning a bronze medal at the World u18 Championships, silver at the European Youth Olympics, and bronze at the European u18 Championships. I also represented Team GB at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

Judo is a fantastic sport because I feel doing it improves many life attributes including self-discipline, respect, and courage, as well as keeping you fit both physically and mentally.

By being Men’s Captain this year I hope to continue the tremendous success Oxford has had at BUCS and Varsity by inspiring people of all abilities at the club to get involved with training, competitions and more as much as possible. This will be my third year at Oxford Judo, and I feel that I should give something back to the club after the great support it’s given me since joining.

Treasurer
Ellie Ridge

I am 21 years old, and from Hampshire. I’m a third year PPE student at Lady Margaret Hall, and have been at Oxford Judo since 2014.

I started judo at Winchester Judo Club when I was 12, and I am currently a 1st Kyu. I think judo is a fantastic sport, because not only does it improve physical fitness, it also teaches and develops both self-discipline and self-confidence.

Oxford Judo has given me great friends as well as the opportunity to improve my judo, and I hope that as treasurer, I can help to continue its success.

Secretary
Ella Joyce

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Social Sec and Communications Officer
Sanna Djurhuus

sannaI’m 25 years old, and I’m from the Faroe Islands. I’m currently reading for an undergraduate in Economics, Politics and International Relations (IX) at Brookes.

I started judo at the beginners’ course at Oxford Judo, and in two years I’ve gone from a white to a blue belt. In 2016 I competed in the national championship at home and won gold, giving me the opportunity to represent my country at the Nordic Championship in Norway.

Judo is a great sport for me since you get as much out of it as you put into it, and with so many weekly sessions at Oxford Judo you can fit it around your own schedule, missing some sessions when you’re busy with assignments and other shenanigans, and putting in extra hours when training for competitions. The best part of judo at Oxford is the social aspects, as you will always find your friends on the mat, and it’s a great way to keep your head and happiness in shape during uni.

I’m social sec and communications officer this year as I want to continue the great effort that’s been put into the social life at Oxford Judo, and to give back to a club that I’m very much enjoying being a part of.