Green Templeton student Zoe Thursz awarded Vincent’s club scholarship for lacrosse

Green Templeton student, sixth-year Clinical Medicine student and European Champion lacrosse player for England, Zoe Thursz, has been announced as the 2019 recipient of the Adrian Mee Vincent’s Scholarship for Team Sports. The Vincent Awards fund outstanding scholar-athletes who also display leadership qualities and a willingness to participate in outreach activities.

Zoe Thursz Vincent's AwardsThe Vincent’s Club, founded in 1863 with the aim of promoting ‘scholar athletes’ awards scholarships and bursaries through the Vincent’s Sports Development Fund, providing up to £3,000 for six named scholarships. Applications for the funding are judged principally on the core values of the Vincent’s Awards:
• Strong academic attainment coupled with sporting achievement and potential
• Strength of character, fellowship and leadership potential
• An interest in participation in broader activities, including outreach
• A commitment to helping those less fortunate

The Vincent’s Awards constitute the largest block of funding open to scholar-athletes practising any officially registered sport at Oxford University, with the next largest source being Blues funding.

Zoe has been on the programme for two years now with the Adrian Mee Vincent’s scholarship, and plays lacrosse for England, having been playing the sport since she was 11. She was also one of the Green Templeton Nautilus Award winners in 2018 for her exceptional impact on the sporting community of Oxford; serving as Blues captain for the Women’s Lacrosse Team, performance, leadership and mentor skills, and pioneering the Women’s Lacrosse Development Squad.

We spoke to Zoe about her Vincent’s Awards scholarship win and her lacrosse career so far:

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“I started playing lacrosse at secondary school, where it was the main sport that my school offered. I first entered into the England set up through junior regional academy when I was 14, and then progressed in to the England under-19 squad for the World Championships in 2015. I took a year out before going in to the England senior squad, as I was in my second year of medicine and it was a lot to juggle! I have since worked my way up from there.

I played in the under-19 World Cup in my first year of medicine back in 2015. It feels like a long time ago now! I was privileged to be vice-captain when we won a team bronze medal. I moved to Green Templeton after my pre-clinical years, and haven’t looked back. I have progressed through the senior England program, playing in my first major senior championships this summer at European championships in Israel with the England Senior Women’s team. There we won all our matches; making it an easy run straight through to the final and securing England’s record 3rd consecutive gold medal position!

I’ve also done a number of tours with the senior England team to California, Israel and the under-23s team to Japan, all in the last 18 months. Trying to fit it in alongside Medicine has been a challenge, although I do think though that I would find it impossible to do only medicine without the distraction of lacrosse.

I now play for a club team rather than the university, as I am on my electives when it’s the Varsity and BUCS play-offs, and so playing for a club instead seemed like the wise decision.

The next challenge will be the next Senior’s world cup in 2021, which will be the end of my F1 year which is notoriously demanding, as my first year qualified as a junior doctor. The aim is to try and manage both, and we will see what happens!”

The college congratulates Zoe on her Vincent’s Award, and wish her the best of luck in her continuing medical and lacrosse career!

Created: 17 February 2020