British Life Saving Surf Championships 2012

Amazing results for Gyllyngvase in the British Life Saving Sport Surf Championships 2012.

Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving + Triathlon Club entered teams of masters (30+), juniors (13-19) and nippers (7-13) at Surf Life Saving Great Britain’s British Life Saving Sport Surf Championships 2012, held at Portreath Beach.

Following the club’s success at the Cornish Champs last month, the Gylly nipper team consisting of 56 children continued their momentum by placing 3rd in the nation, beating local rivals Portreath, Hayle and Newquay and also placing above large clubs such as Saunton Sands in Devon and Rhoose in Wales. In 1-2 foot surf, the nippers showed super skills and determination, as well as great team spirit. This really is a remarkable result considering the club was only founded in 2008 and has no club house or permanent facility on the beach. The winners were St Ives SLSC with Woolacombe in second.

Teams accumulate points through results in individual and team events. In the individual events, competitors race in board, surf ski, surf swimming in the water, and beach sprints and beach flags on the beach. Then the cream of the crop compete in the final, toughest event – the ‘Golden Nipper’, racing in all events in one race – in swim, board and run. With sunny weather and clean surf, there was a festival atmosphere with more than 500 Nippers from clubs all around the country competing, and more than 2,000 people on the beach.

There were some fantastic achievements by individuals throughout the two days, too many to mention individually. However Izzy Berks, 13 won all three beach event gold medals – taking the beach sprint, beach flags and 1km run and Nick Laws took the 12 years Golden Nipper title. The Gylly nipper team took home 27 gold, 8 silver and 16 bronze medals over the 2 days.

Matthew Trebilcock (Gylly Nipper coach) said: “The Nippers championship is always a fantastic event with families travelling from all over the country to support their children competing. It was a fantastic couple of days watching the awesome efforts of all the Gylly team.  Amazing Nippers and very proud families.”

The Junior team, coached by Great Britain Para-triathlete and former Cornwall Surf Lifer Saver Melissa Reid, had 9 athletes between the ages of 13- 19 taking part. Over the 2 days they were greeted by 4-5 foot surf, very testing conditions. However, they all showed that their training had paid off tackling the large surf with a lot of courage. Many juniors are working towards becoming beach lifeguards, some even volunteering for the RNLI. They use competitions to home their skills, becoming confident with the equipment to perform rescues.

The Gylly junior team placed 10th in the country, winning 3 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals. The competition was won by host club Portreath, with Woolacombe coming a close second and Pen-Y-Bont from Wales in third.

Melissa Reid (Gylly Junior coach) said: “Well done all of our juniors, I was very proud to be your coach. You did the club and Cornwall proud, I couldn’t have asked for more.”

Earlier in the week the masters team consisting of Paul Hills, Clive Boyes-Hunter, Jason Longhorn and Adrian Berks gave the National Surf Life Saving competition a go. In 3-5 foot clean conditions the four competed very well, with excellent team spirit and surf skills being shown. The team of 4 finished in 14th place, picking up 2 silvers on the way. This was by Paul Hills performing well in the 1k and Beach Sprint races.

Matthew Stone (Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving + Triathlon Club President) said: “Well done to all who competed over the past week. You all did yourselves and the club proud. Thank you to all the coaches, helpers, parents and supporters for another fantastic summer season at Gylly. A big thank you to Gylly Beach Cafe for allowing the club to store equipment on your land this summer, we wouldn’t be where we are today without you.”