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Youngsters scoop top prizes in surf life saving contest

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: August 31, 2012

  • British Life Saving Sport Surf Champs_2012_Youth_Andrea Hewitt (2)

  • Portreath Captain Jamie Green on his way to winning the board race at the British Life Saving Sport Surf Champs_2012_Youth_Andrea Hewitt (3)

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PORTREATH'S youth team have won Surf Life Saving Great Britain’s British Life Saving Sport Surf Championships 2012.

The event, for 13-19 year olds, was held last weekend at Portreath Beach.

Woolacombe Surf Life Saving Club came a close second, with Pen-Y-Bont from Wales in third. Portreath’s team retained their title from 2011.

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 pinnacle event - Oceanman and Oceanwoman, racing in all events in one race – in swim, board, surf ski and run.

There were some fantastic achievements by individuals throughout competition, in challenging surf conditions.

Woolacombe’s Ellie Parker, 18, won four gold medals including the board race and Oceanman.

Sixteen-year-old Charlotte Hewitt, from Portreath, won an impressive three gold medals and a silver, winning the surf ski, oceanman and double ski. Three gold medals were also won by Portreath youth captain Jamie Green.

The 19 year old took the top spot in the surf swim, board race and oceanman in his age group.

Jamie Green, captain of Portreath’s victorious youth team said: “We’ve worked really hard in training this year and it was a big personal aim to retain my titles and win more, as it’s my last year in the Youth category. I’m really pleased to get the board title this year – it’s something I’ve been training hard in. Everyone put in their best performances and it’s I’m really happy we got the results we wanted.”

Later this week Portreath will welcome the cream of the crop in life saving sport in the Nippers (7-13) categories. The Nipper championship, sponsored by South West Water, will welcome more than 500 young competitors from across the country. Great Britain’s top senior competitors (16+) will compete further up the coast at Polzeath for the prestigious open championship.

Life saving sport is a feeder sport to the many Olympic events, including kayaking and open water swimming. The British championships is a chance to watch the sport’s top athletes from across the country taking part in the events on the beach and in the water. Events include board, ski and swim races, beach sprints and beach flags – an exciting game of reactions, sprinting and diving that takes place on the sand.

The carnival atmosphere will continue on Portreath beach until tomorrow, with free entry for spectators.

Esther Pearson, Chief Executive of Surf Life Saving GB said: “The Masters Championships were a great start to a week of life saving sport. The competitors used all their knowledge and experience in challenging conditions and congratulations to Portreath for retaining their title.”

The event is organised by Surf Life Saving GB, the national governing body for life saving sport. Surf Life Saving GB is also a charity of over 5,000 volunteers helping to make our beaches a safer and more enjoyable place for everyone. SLSGB volunteers have been providing beach lifeguard training and patrolling the coast for more than 55 years.

More information is available online.

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