MEET THE TEAM
Santiago Tobar Potes
Santiago Tobar Potes, or Santi, as we affectionately call him, is a 2nd year student studying philosophy, politics and economics. Born in Cali, Colombia he grew up in his beloved city of Miami, FL. As the figurehead of the Club, Santi is responsible for the smooth operation of the Club's activities, directing the Committee and overseeing larger projects. Off the horse, Santi is an avid Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner, skier and surfer and is determined to make polo as accessible as possible to as many as possible. He proudly picked up his first polo mallet at OUPC’s Michaelmas 2021 taster session and was taught to ride by OUPC’s excellent coach, Hector Worsley.
As Captain, Tom oversees player development, organises fixtures and tournaments, leads tactics sessions, and facilitates off-field training sessions for our teams. He has 15 years of experience in polo and likes to share his passion for the game with new members whenever possible, giving taster groups their first lesson in hitting the ball. Out of the saddle, he is studying Social Anthropology at Green Templeton College, rowing and writing whenever he can.
Ayaka is pursuing a DPhil in hyperpolarised MRI to image metabolic diseases. As an award winning software engineer, she coded professionally for three years at an AI startup before coming to Oxford. She played her first chukka at the Autumn Nationals this past November and is hooked on playing polo ever since! She is also a cox for the Wolfson college boat club and likes to climb/boulder socially. As OUPC secretary, Ayaka organises communication in the committee, supports the chairman's role, and manages the Club email account, the Weekly Email, the membership database, and meeting minutes.
Anthony Del Rio
As Polo Manager,Anthony liaises with the coaches to organise lessons during term-time for all skill-levels, and coordinates taster sessions.
Press and Social Media Officer
As Press and Social Media Officer, Beatrice handle the social media pages and website of the Club, and liaise with Press contacts for the Club's publicity.
Stash and Sponsorship Officer
Yurim is a DPhil student in medical science. She loves anything involving horses. She was introduced to polo less than a year ago and she has been really enjoying the sports. As stash and sponsorship officer, she will work with the Chairman and treasurer in managing the sponsors, which includes organising and promoting the annual stash order and sourcing and contacting additional sponsors and donors.
Matthew focuses on the Club's social calender, organising crew dates as well as the day-to-day functioning of Club activities.
As Treasurer, George handles anything money-related.