Torpids trophies inequality

first_imgOxford University Rowing Clubs (OURC) has voted to launch an investigation after it emerged on Tuesday that the women’s teams who win Torpids do not receive a trophy, unlike their male counterparts.Women have been able to enter Torpids since 1969, although the winners have never received a trophy.Women’s teams who win Summer VIIIs do receive trophies. A captain of one of the men’s college boats told Cherwell: “We voted unanimously in favour of the committee investigating [getting] trophies which would record all winners of women’s Torpids back to its inception.”He continued: “[It’s] really important that they are recognised along with the men seeing as they do exactly the same race, and it’s just very unfair that they wouldn’t be rewarded the same. Hopefully we will see this rectified by the OURCs.“Whilst it will probably be quite expensive to put in place, for me, and I’m sure the majority of the other captains, it’s a point of principle that we uphold a commitment to equal opportunity.”The co-captain of the Balliol women’s team, Nermeen Hilton, who also attended the meeting, said: “We absolutely want there to be a trophy for the women at Torpids.“It’s a great inequality, and knowing people who have won the headship for other colleges we think it’s a real shame that there isn’t a trophy.“In fact, there’s only a women’s trophy for [Summer] Eights because gracious Balliol donors Andrew and Peggoty Graham bought one when Balliol women won the headship in 2010.” Other students voiced their concern over the discrepancy.Second year student Violet Smart, who rows for Mansfield, told Cherwell: “To hear of such blatant injustice within the collegiate rowing system is a massive shame.“Both men’s and women’s teams put in enormous amounts of effort for Torpids and Summer VIIIs and for many college rowers these competitions form the apex of their university rowing careers.“It’s easy to trivialise matters like these, but I think it’s important that we stop perpetuating the image that gender limits the potential of sportspeople.“To win Torpids as a a male or a female is just as much of an achievement, and that should be recognised in the same manner for both teams.”Tom Coles, Sabbatical Officer for OURCs, told Cherwell: “OURCs was only made aware of the absence of a trophy shortly before the meeting where this was raised.“The current trophies (the two trophies for Eights and the men’s trophy for Torpids) long pre-date the existence of OURCs as an organisation and are handled directly by the headship clubs without the involvement of OURCs.”Coles added: “The current ownership of the trophies is unclear, but can be traced back to Oxford University Boat Club and is apparently lent out on a year-by-year basis.“As resolved at the meeting—with the unanimous support of both the committee and the captains—we will be investigating ways to fix this inequality as a matter of priority.”Women’s crews first rowed for the University in 1927, but it was only in 1974 when more colleges started admitting female undergraduates that female college level rowing took off.last_img read more

IMCA Late Model point season starts April 25

first_imgVINTON, Iowa (April 22) – Opening night for the 2014 IMCA Late Model point season is this Fri­day, April 25. Points will be awarded through Sunday, Aug. 31. Regular Friday night sanc­tions are at Davenport Speedway, Farley Speedway and the Iowa State Fair­grounds Speedway in Des Moines. Saturday tracks are Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Independence Motor Speed­way, Jackson County Speedway in Maquoketa, Shelby County Speedway in Harlan and West Liberty Raceway. Sunday sanctions are at Dubu­que Speedway and Quad City Speedway in East Moline, Ill. Eight midweek dates, all but one of them on Wednesdays, are scheduled at Southern Iowa Speed­way in Oskaloosa.Benton County Speedway in Vinton, I-35 Speedway in Mason City and Stuart Speedway each host four events in the inaugural IMCA Late Model Sunday Se­ries. National, state and local track champions will be an­nounced after IMCA staff return from the Sept. 1-6 IMCA Speed­way Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.last_img read more

EHS Off to 2-0 Start in Tennis

first_imgELLSWORTH — With lopsided wins in their first two outings, the Ellsworth Eagles are off to a strong start in the high school tennis season.The Eagle boys’ team has lost just five games so far, rolling to 5-0 wins over the Hermon Hawks and the Mattanawcook Academy Lynx. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. admin This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Latest Posts Latest posts by admin (see all) Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Biolast_img read more