Nipper Surf Life Saving British Champs

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.”

Full results here – national slsc ocean nipper results 2012