Posted on July 30, 2012
Last weekend Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving + Triathlon Club took their largest team of nippers to the Cornish Surf life Saving Championships at Carbis Bay, St Ives. On what was a glorious weekend of sunshine the Gylly nippers were also shining, finishing in an incredible third place – their highest finish to date.
Despite the club being one of the newest in the country (set-up in October 2008), they beat many larger and more established clubs including Portreath and Hayle, and were only 40 points behind second placed Newquay, with St Ives finishing first. Another great success for the Gylly team was that their boys were the highest scoring team out of all 14 clubs. The club took home 26 gold, 33 silver and 15 bronze medals and every member of the team contributed to the club’s success.
The events during the weekend included a swim race, board paddle, relay events, beach sprints, a 1km run and flags (a speed event to test the reactions of the children). There are also races that test the life-saving skills of the nippers, including the board rescue.
“What a result. Every member of the team did an amazing job. I am very proud of every member of our team for the effort, energy and commitment put into such a great Cornish Nipper Championships. I still cannot stop smiling!”
Matthew Trebilcock, Nipper Coach
On the 19th August there is a junior triathlon for the ages of 12-16 being hosted by the club in Falmouth. It consists of a swim from Gyllyngvase Beach, a cycle around Pendennis Castle and a run along the seafront. There are limited spaces available, so get your entries in quick.
Full (provisional) results here >> Cornwall Nipper Sea 2012 Results
Photo by Karl Phillips