Students in the university’s sports teams, including swimming, hockey and football, have posed naked for photos around the historical city of Cambridge. The pictures show undergraduates playing polo in the buff and doing naked handstands in the meadows. Tennis rackets, boxing gloves and fencing helmets have been strategically placed to preserve the students’ modesty.
Fourth year student Rowenna McGill, 21, who organised the calendar with fellow fourth year Caitlin Whitby, 21 said: “We wanted to do something different to raise money for RAG and this combines the amazing Cambridge architecture with the people of Cambridge. It was a lot of fun to do, getting a lot of naked people together in one place was always going to be hilarious. All the boys seemed happy to just strip off and I found myself asking them to put their clothes back on. Some of the lads even starved themselves for 24 hours to get better bodies for the photos. I have a lot of respect for the girls who took part, they took it all in their stride and I think they look amazing.”
The pictures feature a variety of Cambridge University sports teams including girls and boys gymnastic teams, mixed swimming, boys hockey, girls and boys tennis. American football, girls football and boxing. The photos were shot around Cambridge at locations such as the Botanic Gardens, Fitzwilliam Museum and the historic Union Chamber.
Rowenna, a geology student from Homerton, added: “It took about one-and-a-half years to put the calendar together so it has been hard work. We tried to make sure we closed the colleges when we were taking the photos to avoid people walking in on a lot of naked people.”