Cambridge University’s finest sportsmen and women have stripped off for a new naked calendar – all to raise money for charity. The daring photographs feature students from the university’s netball, swimming and lacrosse teams using strategically placed props to preserve their modesty. One of the racy pictures shows a member of the dance team doing the splits on the famous Mathematical Bridge at Queens’ College. Others show the lacrosse team baring all in the library and the netball team posing nude in the dining hall at Corpus Christi College. Cambridge University students have stripped off for a new naked charity calendar. Pictured are members of the netball team posing in the dining hall at Corpus Christi College The daring charity calendar features members of the Rock n Roll Dancesport team performing acrobatic poses on the city’s famous Mathematical Bridge (above), including one female student doing the splits Another shows the women’s football team using strategically placed boots to preserve their modesty.
Student Emma Teal, one of the organisers behind the naked calendar, said: ‘We all really enjoyed making the calendar, although it did involve a lot of early mornings as we had to go to the locations when there weren’t too many people about. ‘I think the students surprised a few tourists when they posed on the Mathematical Bridge as it’s very near a public path. ‘We’ve had some comments that there’s no way some of the sports men and women can look that good, but no one is edited, they really do look that naturally beautiful.’ Members of the lacrosse team dared to bare all in the Pembroke College library, using strategically-placed props to preserve their modesty Meanwhile, members of the university’s swimming team posed in front of the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences as part of the daring photoshoot The Cambridge University sportsmen and women that took part in the naked shoot included the volleyball, skiing, American football and fencing teams. The photos were taken at famous locations around the city, including the Botanical Gardens and the Cambridge Union. Student organiser Ladislaya Ladanyi commented: ‘All the teams were fantastic and very enthusiastic. ‘Some of our outdoor shots were taken early in February when it was still snowing and still they didn’t complain despite the freezing cold low temperatures. Students from a range of sports teams got involved in the naked calendar shoot, including American football players who posed on a punt in front of the Bridge of Sighs Members of the Cambridge University women’s football team posed naked at Emmanuel College, using football boots and scarves to preserve their modesty ‘Although the prospect of getting up and stripping off at dawn did not always seem very appealing to the team and models, the good-natured atmosphere and non-stop entertainment made the early mornings so much more enjoyable.’
Student Joanna Moest added: ‘The hockey men started doing press ups before the shoot to make their muscles look pumped up. ‘The Rock’n’ Roll dance shoot one of the hardest as it was freezing and it’s a really exposed bridge so we had lots of very confused early morning walkers.’ Photographer Kevin Low said he has had a ‘great time’ shooting the naked charity calendar. The range of locations used for the naked calendar also included the famous Cambridge Union, where the skiing team posed in the debating chamber Meanwhile, the university’s volleyball team decided to pose nude in one of the greenhouses at the city’s Botanical Gardens for the charity calendar ‘It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and the most challenging and fulfilling photography project that I’ve ever worked on,’ he said. ‘Many people think that you have to give money to contribute to charity but I think getting off your bum, stripping off and posing for photos is a great way as well.’ The calendar costs £10, with all proceeds going to Beat Eating Disorders, Mary’s Meals, Papyrus and Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre.
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