Junior Surf Life Saving British Champs

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.”

Full results here – british youth life saving sport surf championships 2012 results