Press Release: 15 October 2004

Indigo Photographic and The Ospreys are delighted to announce the release of their new 2005 calendar, entitled ‘Cambridge University Sportswomen’, which will be available nationally from October 18 and will benefit Comic Relief’s Sport Relief initiative.

The calender features female athletes from the University of Cambridge in beautiful, high quality, black and white photos and has a foreword written by Olympic Gold medallist Sally Gunnell. The calendar has been produced on behalf of The Ospreys by the same creative team responsible for the successful 2003 calendar in support of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, including photographer Duncan Robertson.

The Ospreys is an organisation dedicated to encouraging, supporting and uniting high-flying female athletes from the University of Cambridge, and promoting women's sports in general. Through much-needed bursary schemes and support programmes, they provide essential funding and promote the profile of female athletes and the 41 teams they compete for both within the University and further afield.

The Ospreys have over 1000 members who have all achieved Blue or Half-Blue status, or University Colours, and include many international athletes and national champions in a variety of sports. Eminent Ospreys alumni include GB rowers Cath Bishop and Sarah Winckless, Olympic Modern Pentathlon Gold medallist Stephanie Cook, and Caroline Hamilton, member of the first all-female team to ski both North and South Poles. In 2001 the Duke of Edinburgh marked his support for the Ospreys by becoming an honorary member.

Sport Relief was set up by Comic Relief and BBC Sport to use the power and passion of sport to tackle poverty and disadvantage, both in the UK and in some of the world’s poorest countries. This year, on Saturday July 10th over 81,000 people donned their red sock and turned out at over 150 events throughout the UK to take part in what was the biggest Mile event in history - The Fitness First Sport Relief Mile.

Over £16,470,598 has been raised through Sport Relief ’04 so far and that money is now working hard in the UK to help people with shattered lives regain their confidence. For many, taking part in sport can break the cycle of loneliness and isolation. Overseas, the cash is helping kids get an education, stay healthy, find families to love them and avoid the horrors of war. The good news is after a well-earned breather Sport Relief will be back in 2006.

Copies of the calendar are available for sale via a dedicated website, and at Cambridge colleges and local retailers. The recommended retail price is £7.95 and a minimum of £1.00 per copy sold will be donated directly to Sport Relief.


Media information:

All media enquiries related to the calendar should be directed to Claire Foister:

Any enquiries related specifically to Sport Relief should be directed to the Sport Relief Press Officer, Kate Conway:

Editor's notes:

  • High-resolution electronic versions of calendar images are available for publication.
  • Half of the money raised by Sport Relief ’04 will be spent in the UK funding projects that make a difference through sport. The other half will be spent on work trying to help kids who are having really tough lives in some of the poorest countries in the world.
  • In the UK, Sport Relief ‘02 cash is levelling the playing field - helping tackle poverty and bringing young people that have been divided by conflict and tension together through sport.
  • Overseas Sport Relief ’02 is helping children like 10-year-old Elisabeth, who lives in Peru. Elisabeth used to get up at 5 am every day to work in the quarry making bricks. Thanks to the money that everyone helped to raise, Elisabeth can now go to school and be a child again.
  • Sport Relief is an initiative of Comic Relief, registered charity 326568.

Copyright (c) 2004 Indigo Photographic Ltd.