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It isn’t all rowing and rugby at Oxford. You can play for fun, try a new sport or just get fit. But, if you want to represent the University, you have the chance to join a rich tradition and some very competitive teams. The University’s top athletes gain the status of ‘Blue’ – an accolade that stems from the first boat race in 1829, when Cambridge tied light blue ribbons to their boat and Oxford adopted Christ Church’s dark blue.Sport and exercise enhance student life for everyone. Whether you want to play in a serious team or a less serious one, or you just enjoy running, swimming, cycling or other sports by yourself, you will find what you are looking for here.