Thanks from Trelissick

Thanks to everyone who helped out with water cover at the Trelissick Swim. It was a great event and the organisors were very grateful for the support.


Gylly Nippers are the Cornish Champions

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.

Falmouth Town Council comes to the rescue

Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving Club, thanks to the support of Falmouth Town Council, has a home to call its own. After 8 years of operating out of a rusting, old shipping container, the voluntarily led club have moved into two thirds of the previous toilet facility on the popular Falmouth beach. The remaining section will remain a unisex facility for the public’s use.

“It has taken a lot of hard work from everyone on the committee, helpful members, local contractors and the Town Council to allow the club to have a permanent storage facility in Falmouth” says club chairman, Matthew Stone.

“We are grateful to the generosity of the Gylly Beach Cafe for allowing the life saving club to store our equipment on their land to date. It has been a massive help. However, due to future plans on our previous site we needed to find a new home for the club.”

Gyllyngvase SLSC was founded in October 2008, with an interest in teaching life saving skills to the local community. They are now one of the largest participated clubs in the country. Through training with the club, members learn how to save lives in the sea. They teach the skills needed to qualify as a SLSGB Beach Lifeguard. From CPR and resuscitation, to board paddling, signals and rescue techniques. Once qualified, members are encouraged to volunteer or work on local beaches in the summer seasons with the RNLI Lifeguard service.

The club brings together all sorts of people in the community. Our nippers (7-12), juniors (13-19) and adults train at Gyllyngvase beach during the summer months and in the pool during the winter. All members have the opportunity to train on surf beaches as well as Gylly. Once a week they take our equipment to a local north coast beach to develop the surf skills and knowledge of our members.

Matthew Stone added, ‘So far, the club has qualified over 50 beach lifeguards. Our new storage facility will help to maintain our reputation for producing knowledgeable, skilled and competent lifeguards, serving the local community for years to come.’

Nipper Frostbite Champs 2015

Gyllyngvase SLSC Cornish Nipper Stillwater Champions 2015!

After 2 fantastic weekends in Penzance we are proud to confirm that we are the 2015 Cornish Nipper Stillwater champions by the smallest of margins (18 points) with 525 points.

A huge congratulations to all the teams that took part and made it such a fantastically close event.

Every member of Team Gylly should be immensely proud of their own contribution to a wonderful team achievement.

Go Gylly! Cornish Nipper Stillwater Champions 2015!

The results can be found on the SLS Cornwall website here >>

Endless Summer Swim 2014 Results

A massive thank you to all the swimmers for making the Gyllyngvase Endless Summer Swim a huge success yesterday. We had 194 swimmers across the events, which is a fantastic turn out. We raised over £1,200 on the day! Thank you.

The results are here: Gylly ESS 2014 – Results

To all the helpers and water cover, thank you so much for all your help, without which, the event would not have happened.

Finally, Gylly SLSC wish to thank all the supporters that made this event happen:

Gylly Café
Swim Supplies
Hine Downing
Nalu Beads
Sessions Surf Shop
Ian & Sharon Laws – Costcutter Perranporth
Falmouth Hotel
Greenbank Hotel
Warehouse Bistro
Harbour Lights Fish & Chip Restaurant
Constantine Stores
All Gylly members that donated raffle prizes.

Women in Waves

Gyllyngvase SLSC were delighted to host a session in the “Women in Waves” series promoted by SLSGB this morning.


In superb conditions (apart from a lack of waves…), 14 ladies enjoyed instruction aimed at developing water safety skills and confidence.

Everyone took part in beach flags, open water swimming, board paddling and board rescue.  In just a 3 hour session all the ladies made great progress in developing the various techniques and it was great fun too!!

Thank you to our coaching team – Matt T, Rob, Reggie and Michelle. A big thumbs up to SLSGB for this initiative from all at Gylly!

Fantastic Afternoon and Evening at Gylly Today

What a fantastic afternoon/evening on Gylly today.  Superb conditions for both Junior Sessions – great fun for all and later, as the tide rolled in, a nice swell to test the ever improving rescue skills of our Seniors and Masters.

But…. as a reminder of what we are all about, mid-session our Club Captain, Georgia, was first responder to a call for help from a swimmer and then assisted the RNLI lifeguards in bringing the casualty ashore and preparing for the arrival of the ambulance.  Georgia has already been complimented by the RNLI on her actions – well done!

New lifeguards Pass Course

Congratulations to the latest Gylly Lifeguards who all passed earlier this season after spending their winter evenings studying.


Gylly athletes get the call for the World Triathlon Champs

In 2008, a handful of people had a vision to create a club in Falmouth that could teach the sports of surf life saving and triathlon to the local community. Almost five years later five members of Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving + Triathlon Club have been selected to represent Great Britain at the world stage.


On 13th September, London will host the World Triathlon Championships in Hyde Park. Gylly’s own Melissa Reid (22), Rebecca Walters (22), Kieran Townsend (18), Courtney-Lee Reid (16) and Lowenna Hawkey (15) will be travelling up to the capital after being selected by British Triathlon to take part in the championships and represent their country.

The event is the highlight of the triathlon calendar with the best in the world competing. This includes Olympic Gold and Bronze medalists Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee. Also heading to London will be Gylly’s co-founder, chairman and head coach Allan Reid.

‘From grassroots to world class performance, that’s how I have seen Gylly grow from its beginnings in 2008,’ says Allan.

‘With over 200 members aged between 7-75, inclusivity is the key. Although you could say our philosophy is ‘it’s not just about taking part, it’s about taking part and being the best you can be!’

With this in mind the club captain, Melissa Reid, has proven it is possible to raise your ambitions and succeed.

Melissa will be competing in the elite Paratriathlon event, in the Tri6B category (visually impaired). Following a gold in the British and European Championships earlier this year, she is aiming to carry on her form and claim victory in London. Melissa finished second at the 2012 World Championships in Aukland, but she has already beaten the reigning world champion at the European champs in Turkey this year. Also racing in Turkey was fellow club member, Matthew Casey (16), who represented GBR in the u19 age-group and finished in ninth place.

Along with the Elite and the Paratriathlon there is a World Championships for age-group athletes in London. This year the competition has been very fierce to qualify for the Great Britain age-group slots due to the championships being in the UK. For a relatively new remote Cornish club to get five athletes to the World Championships is astounding.

‘Melissa has inspired the whole club to aim high and achieve their goals,’ continues Allan.

Melissa’s sister, Courtney-Lee, will be competing in the 16-19 age-group race, as will Lowenna and Kieran; Rebecca will be racing in the 20-24 category.

‘I really believe the recent success of the club is down to the inspiration from Melissa and the support network that Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving + Triathlon Club can provide. We owe a lot to the financial help of local businesses – Gylly Beach Cafe, Oliver Hughes Physiotherapy and Falmouth Cycle,’ says Allan.

‘The club would like to wish Melissa, Rebecca, Kieran, Courtney-Lee and Lowenna good luck in London. You’ve already made us all very proud just getting selected for the World Championships!’ says Matthew Stone, club president.

Go Gylly Go Photography Exhibition

A beachside photography exhibition entitled Go Gylly Go will be revealed on Gylly beach this month. The exhibition, funded by Falmouth University, depicts the year-long documentation of Nippers from Gylly Surf Life Saving and Triathlon Club.

Go Gylly Go

Karl Phillips, Associate Dean at Falmouth University, began taking pictures for the club’s Facebook page after his children joined, and the parents of club members liked the photos so much that he was asked to start taking photos at a variety of competitions.

Karl soon realised the potential for a research project, and began to take photographs with the intention of finding out about the youngsters perceptions of themselves as athletes. This coincided well with the London 2012 Olympics, held at the time of the project.

Blown away by the ability of the club members, Karl wanted to capture their athleticism in order to enable the children to see themselves on a level with successful athletes, portraying them in the same way through his photography.

Following the activities of the club for a year, Karl documented a number of training sessions, competitions and events including The Cornish Surf Life Saving Nipper Champs 2012 at Carbis Bay, the Endless Summer Swim at Gyllyngvase and the British Life Saving Sport Surf Championships at Portreath, and with the support of Falmouth University his research project became a reality.

The aim of the research was to explore the notion that strong athletic representations can reflect positively in performance and self-perception. This includes a focus on strong representations of the club’s female members, who participate in and enjoy the same competition as their male friends.

Karl said: “I chose to work with the club because I have three daughters and I want them to be able to see images that offer a more positive portrayal of women; more generally I hope the exhibition offers a more positive representation of boys and girls alike.”

The photographs depict the moments of action, pensive nervousness, dynamic movement and commitment captured throughout the clubs various activities and competitions. It moves away from the traditional documentation of ‘surf culture’, instead showing a different side to beach sports and life-saving.

Once the series was completed, it was decided to exhibit the work in the place where it all started: Gyllyngvase beach. The result is an exhibition in the sand, displaying scaled up prints that the public and Falmouth community can enjoy.

“I’m really excited about the notion of taking the work out of the gallery and sharing it in a public space,” explains Karl.

This research project looks to be the first in a series looking at the portrayal of local people through photographs, and Karl is looking forward to continuing to research and photograph groups across Cornwall.

Go Gylly Go exhibition is held in association with Falmouth University and Cartel Photos and with the support of Gylly Beach Café, Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving & Triathlon Club and Cornwall Council.

Photography by Karl Phillips, editing by Annemarie Bala, installation and logistics by Toby Millinder and co-ordination by Celine Smith of Cartel Photos.

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