HIGH FIVES FOR PENZANCE AT AGE GROUP EVENT:
Five Penzance swimmers competed at the ASA Regional Age Group Championships, held recently over two weekends in the 50 metre pool at Millfield School, Somerset.
Penzance's Jacob Wood, Shannon O'Connell, Ellie Ringwood, Renae Caddy and Harris Eddy all met the qualifying times to compete against the best in the west. And their head coach, Sean Hickman could not have been more proud of his swimmers' results.
Renae competed in an impressive 10 events and even more impressive were the 11 year old's phenomenal results. She made the finals for all of her swims, collecting gold for 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle, 800 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 IM, 400 IM, silver for 100 freestyle and 200 backstroke, plus 4th for 100 breast stroke and 5th for 200 breast stroke.
The top eight swimmers over all in each age group are awarded with British Age Group Category awards (BAGCATS) and Renae, for the second year in a row picked up first place.
The highlight of her competition was to qualify for the British National Swimming events for 100 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke in the 11/12 year age group in Sheffield next month.
Renae now features in the British long course rankings and currently holds seven top ten rankings in her age group including the number one spot for 400 Freestyle.
Ten-year-old Harris Eddy qualified in seven events in his first Regional Age Group competition. Harris made the finals for six events and his best result was for the 200 backstroke, he knocked six seconds off his heat time in the final, and was awarded the bronze medal.
Harris also was awarded 8th place in the BAGCATS. Harris also features in the top ten British long course rankings for his age group for 100 backstroke. His full results read: 3rd 200 backstroke, 4th 100 backstroke, 5th 100 freestyle, 7th 200 breast stroke and 200 IM, 8th 100 breast stroke and 12th 200 freestyle. All of Harris's times were new personal bests.
Shannon O'Connell, 12, qualified for the third year in succession. Competed in the 100 backstroke, she gained a new personal best time, and also took part in the 400 IM.
Ellie Ringwood qualified for her second time, she swam in 100 and 200 freestyle plus 100 and 200 breast stroke in the 11 year age group and like Shannon, produced personal best times. Meanwhile, Jacob Wood, 14, took part in the competition for the second year in a row, swimming in the very tough 400 freestyle event.
Shannon, Harris and team-mate Thomas Shorey will now compete in the Regional Sprint Gala next weekend in Gloucester.
YOUNGSTERS IMPRESS AT INAUGURAL GOLYMPIX:
Sunday was Quay Day at the Golowan Festival in Penzance, and saw the first running of the Golympix Aquathlon, organised by Mounts Bay Harriers.
This inaugural event was aimed at 8-16-year-olds and 63 children swam in the Jubilee Pool and then ran along the Promenade in Penzance.
A lot of the children had never taken part in a multi-discipline sport before and so this was a real challenge for many of them. They had no help from their parents in the transition from the swim to the run and despite the Prom being extremely busy, the competitors weaved their way through the crowds and the beer tent to complete the course and be presented with a special Golowan medal at the finish.
A highlight for a lot of the competitors was that Geoff Letchford was at the finish line with the Olympic torch, which enabled most of the youngsters to get their picture taken with it.
Mounts Bay Harriers wish to thank all the marshals, especially the six French students who turned up and got seconded into helping out.
Also, a special thanks to the lifeguards at Jubilee Pool who were brilliant with all the children, especially those who found the water a little too cold and had to be pulled out.
Certificates are being sent out to the first three finishers in each age category.
Age group winners: Year 8 – girls: Madeleine-Rose Walker (MBH) 04:45; boys: Joseph Railton (One & All Cycling) 05:04. Year 9 – girls: Betsy Peters (St Ives Bay SC) 09:14; boys: Jowan Rawson (St Petrocs Tri) 09:49. Year 10 – girls: Melody Roberts (Penzance SC/MBH) 08:59; boys: Toby Osborne (Penzance SC) 07:42. Year 11 – girls: Imogen Wood (MBH) 11:13; boys: Reef Slack (St Ives Bay SC) 12:58. Year 12 – girls: Katie Walker (MBH) 11:49; boys: Archie Vingoe (MBH) 11:58.Year 13 – girls: Lauren Davis (Touchgloves) 12:06; boys: Max Caddy (MBH) 10:42. Year 14 – girls: Vicky Burlingham (Carn Brea SC) 12:14; boys: Ellis Tonkin (Penzance SC) 11:03. Year 15 – boys: Jacob Wood (MBH) 09:34.
Full results, Digest page 81.
The next event organised by Mounts Bay Harriers is the Penzance Junior Aquathlon on Sunday July 8. For details and entry forms go to www.mountsbayharriers.co.uk and click on MBH events.
MOUNTS BAY GIG CLUB:
Mounts Bay fielded strong crews at the Falmouth event, held last weekend at Gyllangvase Beach.
Rather than the traditional kite course, Falmouth prefer to host a straight sprint event and Mounts Bay didn't disappoint, returning home with another good set of results.
The Ladies' A crew were coxed by Ryan Watt's and rowed by Charlotte Roberts, Wendy Wheatley, Grace Matthews, Tressa Hoskins, Becs Campbell and Kathy Hawkins. Despite terrible starts for all of the crews throughout the day due to poor umpiring, the Ladies A finished 2nd in the first round of heat to qualify for the semi finals. They raced through the semis to claim a third and convincingly came home in first place in the finals, in ever worsening conditions.
It was another successful day for the Ladies' B crew, coxed by Sam Gilman and rowed by Emma Hope, Lucy O'Hare, Jo Culley, Julie Ancell, Jess Morris Marsham and Ele Hague. This crew came fourth in the first heat, which meant that they had to then immediately race again in the repechage heat, where they got an excellent second place to qualify for the semi finals. There, they made a flying start, and went on to finish third and qualified for the finals (being one of only two B crews who did), just finishing at the back of the pack in the final.
There were several changes to the Men's A crew, coxed by Charlotte Roberts and rowed by Zack Such, Andy Tester, Tony Such, Sam Gilman, Andy Hope and Logan Anderton. However, the new-look crew proved their worth in coming second in the first heat to qualify for the semi finals, which they won. Moving on to the finals they again rowed well and passed Par just before the finishing line to claim second overall.
The Men's B crew, coxed by Ele Hague and rowed by Tom Jackman, Timmy Nicholas, Tom Elliott, Martyn Farmer, Colin Campbell and Julian Parrot, came third in the first heat to qualify for the semi finals, although due to an injury incurred in the semi finals the crew had to retire for the day.
Mounts Bay fielded two mixed veterans crews, with the A crew coxed by Charlotte Roberts and rowed by Ali Byrne-Morgan, Theresa Jago, Andy Hope, Tony Such, Julie Ancell and Collin Campbell. They came second in the first heat and fourthh overall in the final, while the mixed veterans B crew were coxed by Zack Such and rowed by Becca Harvey, Martyn Farmer, Carolyn Mcgregor, Dave Elliott , Jo Culley and Julian Parrott. This crew came fourth in the first heat and came home with the club's A crew to claim fifth overall in the final.
PENZANCE GYM WELCOME THAI GUEST PRATHET:
Touchgloves gym are proud to welcome a special guest who will be spending the week teaching seminars and private sessions at the gym.
Prathet Kaewmala, 33, better known as Prathet Sor Thanikul, is a popular Muaythai fighter originating from Thailand. Prathet was formerly ranked No1 in Bangkok's highly rated stadium Rajadamnoen.
Prathet has fought in three fighting disciplines clocking up more than 300 Muaythai fights, a featured K1 fight and 19 pro-boxing bouts, including events sanctioned by WBA, WBO and PABA.
He has captured 12 titles over his career in Muaythai including Patong, Bangla Stadium (nine times champion) and champion in Hong Kong.
An active fighter, Prathet is one of the most respected instructors teaching around the world.
While at the gym, Prathet will be training Cornwall's world champion Julie Kitchen for her her upcoming superfight with Miriam Nakamoto at the Pala Casino resort in Los Angeles on August 18.
Already billed as the biggest ever female Muaythai fight worldwide, Julie will be ticking all the boxes in her training regime and Prathet's knowledge of clinchwork, off balancing opponents and elbow striking is exceptional and should prove very beneficial to Julie's preparations.
Seminar: Prathet will also be conducting a seminar on Sunday July 1 (noon-2pm), priced at £25. This will be an amazing opportunity for all martial artists to train with a Thai legend.
To book a place on the seminar, call Julie on 07976245880 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
TOUGH TEST FOR HAYLE TEACHER ALAN:
Hayle teacher Alan Thomas has successfully completed his first ultra-marathon, running the south Cornwall coast path from The Lizard to Land's End on Saturday.
The race known as The Classic Quarter, is so called because runners cover a quarter of the compass, starting at the UKs most southerly point and finishing at the most westerly. Ultra marathons are anything over 30 miles.
This race is 44 miles along some rugged stretches of the coast path with a number of steep coves.
Going down can be as tough as climbing up. Alan completed the course in one minute over 11 hours. Part of his recent preparation was competing in the Imerys Clay Country Marathon, where he won his age group in a time of 4hrs 20mins.
He also completed the entire length of The Trotternish Ridge in the Isle of Skye while on a climbing holiday in The Cuillins.
Alan is raising sponsorship for Cornwall Hospice Care through participation in this event.
Anyone interested can go to www.justgiving.com/alansclassicquarter.
YOUTH SECTION BIDS A FOND FAREWELL TO WENDY:
Wendy Nicholas has retired after many enjoyable years in office for Penzance & Newlyn RFC's youth section, writes Phil Westren.
She extends her sincere thanks to all those that have supported the members and herself, including local businesses, over many years.
Wendy said she feels privileged to have been given the opportunity to work with so many people who are truly passionate about the future of rugby in Penzance and Newlyn, and who make the club so special. It has also been a pleasure to have met so many others from all over the Cornwall and the South West who work so hard to provide rugby for the future, and she has made many great friends.
Wendy's first involvement with the Pirates was when her eldest son Chris started playing rugby at the tender age of five, when Julia Morrison was secretary.
In 2002, Nick Brooks became chairman and Julie suggested that Wendy could be secretary.
Taking on the challenge, she soon realised that her role would be fairly demanding, having previously held the combined offices of chairman and secretary for Helston & St Keverne YFC.
In 2007, having achieved many of his goals, Nick stood down and the youth section was without a chair for a year. A core of hard working supporters kept the section running, and at the 2008 AGM Nigel Walters suggested that he would take on secretary role if Wendy became chair, which she did.
Maintaining the support of dedicated members, along with new officers, the RFU's Seal of Approval was achieved and the club won a community award, which was presented by Willie Wildash, who this past season has been the president of the RFU.
And for Wendy it has been a pleasure and a privilege to be part of the progress, along with many other hard working volunteers. Player numbers have grown to about 250 and she is certain that the new officers, parents and members will maintain the legacy set by those who started the section in the 1970s.
In stepping down, Wendy happily leaves the group in capable hands, with Cullam Osborne, Mike Williams and Mark Gilmour taking over as chair and vice chair.
Wendy and her family will, however, continue supporting the Pirates, and with youngest son Philip now starting in the Colts, Wendy will do her bit to help them with their admin this season.