Posted on July 21, 2015
Gyllyngvase Surf life Saving Club had its most successful result since establishing 8 years ago, after 2 days of fantastic performances at Portreath beach. The nipper team has been crowned the Cornish Surf Life Saving Champions, which is one of the biggest achievements in the sport.
Out of the thirteen clubs competing, Gyllyngvase SLSC finished over 200 points ahead of the second placed Newquay SLSC, with last year’s winners St Ives SLSC in a close 3rd.
Club Captain, Orion Page, says ‘It was a fantastic result! I’m so proud of all our nippers and what a huge stepping-stone for our great club of which I am proud to captain! Go Gylly!’
The events are all based around the skills that lifeguards use to carry out rescues in the sea. They include swim + board races, sprints, endurance running, relay events and flags, a discipline that tests the reactions of competitors.
Over 60 children aged between 7-13 attended the event to represent the club, with a record 575 competitors taking part in total. There were some outstanding performances over the weekend, notably within the Golden Nipper, which consists of a consecutive swim, board and run. Both Sam Norton and Thomas Trebilcock took the gold medal in their respective age groups and Mia Rule finished a superb second in the 12 years girls race.
Gylly’s nipper coach, Matthew Trebilcock, added ‘Well done to all club members, I’m extremely proud of you all. There were so many excellent performances, and it was so much fun! Thank you to everyone who has helped so much towards this result, all the coaches, the committee and helpers, without you none of this would have been possible.’
Gyllyngvase SLSC has over 150 active members from nippers all the way up to masters. There are a number of sessions throughout the week for all ages and the club regularly trains in surf on North Coast beaches to test the lifeguarding skills of its members.