Dwindling weather and the impending winter months have done nothing to dampen the spirits here at St Luke’s. Topping off a fantastic summer of sport (coming third in the London Advertising Softball League!) the annual Oxlympiad took place on a sunny Thursday.
Now in its third year, the Oxlympiad is a staple of the sporting calendar: a fiendish, multi-discipline event designed to test the heart of every St Luker. One-handed Pimms making, a fancy dress relay, and a spuriously judged over-and-under race were just three of the features of the competition, which saw 4 teams pitted against each other for the title of ‘Oxlympic Champions 2017’.
Sorted by birthplace, team cohesion was high – particularly for the raucous North, who unilaterally decided to ‘re-discover’ their Northern accents for the duration of the festivities. After wins for the North and South in years 1 and 2 of the competition, the East and West were hungry to claim their first title, and attacked each event with gusto.
Thankfully, riotous behaviour was kept in check by referees Rory and Jack, who (in matching union jack outfits) dictated the terms of play and reminded us that ‘the referees decision is final’.
After an impromptu wet t-shirt contest, and a masterful demonstration of egg-and-spoon technique by Al, the West were declared Oxylmpic Champions by 1 point. Festivities continued long into the night at The Big Chill House, where we saw off the sporting summer in style (with the occasional loss of grace). Here’s to next year!