Welcome to ICSM netball
Imperial College School of Medicine's Club of the Year 2019
Welcome back to what is set to be another amazing year at ICSM Netball and a happy 21st birthday to our wonderful club! Firstly, a big thank you to Grace and last year’s committee. It was a HUGE year for the club: we welcomed new coaches, won 5 out of 6 varsity matches, helped to re-establish the netball UH cup, became ICSM’s club of the year with the 5s also taking club of the year, and had some amazing socials, all as we grew our netball family to be bigger than it has ever been before!
Our 6 teams had some fantastic results in BUCS, LUSL and GoMammoth leagues and I’m sure that will carry on going into this season! With preaseaon training already underway and strength and conditioning lined up we’ll be ready and raring to go back into matches, hopefully putting us in good stead to win all of our varsity matches!
ICSM Netball is more than a sports club. Our fun sports night themes, team dinners, fancy dress nativity and the much anticipated Fetball Tour has made the social side of the club infamous with endless fun available on a weekly basis. Not only this, the club also offers an extensive, outstanding academic support system with tailored tutorials, unrivalled tutoring systems and access to many resources for all year groups to ensure that we all feel supported and thrive as medics. The community feel of the club means that no one ever feels alone throughout their six years at medical school.
I know I speak for others by saying my time at Imperial would have been completely different without the club and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I’ve had so much fun, so much academic support, so many opportunities to develop skills by getting involved in committee and have met so many life-long friends. I’m so grateful to be able to work with our amazing committee, coaches and President Dawn to ensure another brilliant year for all of our members!
If you are new to the club or have any questions I’d love to hear from you!
Olivia Groom, ICSM Club Captain 2019-2020
A Message From Our Club President, Dawn Wilkinson
Wishing all ICSM Netballers a restful festive holiday season and renewed energy for the coming New year and decade. Whatever your academic goals and focus remember the importance of making time out for yourselves to keep healthy and fit in body and mind. Playing sport and belonging to a team of like-minded individuals, is invaluable and long lasting friendships and memories will be made, supporting you through your studies at Imperial College. From your tours and socials, study groups and sharing learning resources passed down from your learned peers, your medical training journeys will be enhanced by the experience of playing netball.
Having met personally with your club captains over the years I am always amazed by their energy and drive to engage Imperial Medics into the netball family at all levels from competitive to social. Your current captain Olivia is no exception, a passionate and dedicated officer who has held various ICSM netball committee positions over years. On meeting with Olivia recently, she was reflective on season 2018/19. ICSM netball were the first all-female club at Imperial to reach 100 members, win five out of six varsity matches, help re-establish the Netball Universities Hospital Cup, became ICSM’s Club of the year, with the fifth team awarded Team of the year, all outstanding achievements. Without your continued support, sustaining these achievements is not possible, so please do keep your commitment and drive to netball training going into next half of the season and support your organising committee and team captains who put so much effort into organising your fixtures.
My dear friend Wendy (Wendy Quintyne November 1963 – October 2019), your former ICSM netball coach for 4 years passed away in October 2019. I too have fond memories of playing netball with and against her during my medical training at regional, county and club level back in my day. She kept me grounded, had wicked sense of humour, was sharp, lively and the life and soul of our parties. She was an inspirational woman, community activist, coach, umpire, mentor and academic anthropologist, embarking on a career as a barrister who will be sadly missed in the wider Netball community. Despite being taken too early she has made an impactful footprint on many lives and her legacy will live on in our hearts and minds.
Since my last message to you, the sporting achievements of women continues to grow and excel in all sporting disciplines. It is mind blowing and amazing for me that women sports are now being recognised and supported on the world media stage, long over-due! You are part of that journey. Remember you are stronger than you think and when you all come together as a team awesome, so are when they go high you go higher.
With the warmest of wishes and many blessings for 2020