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Bodmin and district grassroots, January 30

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 30, 2013

  • SWIMMING: Esther, George, Oliver, Katie and Amy, who have all been selected for Cornwall.

  • PROUD: Jade and London 2012 bronze medal winning Paralympic powerlifter Zoe Newson after they lifted at the IPC Powerlifting 2013 UK Bench Press Championships.

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Amy Randall (9), Esther Doleman (15), Katie Randall (15), Emily Harbisher (16), Angus Jarvis (13), George Spencer (14) and Oliver Jarvis (15), all of whom swim for Bodmin Dragons Swimming Club, have been selected by Cornwall County ASA for the 2013 county squad.

The county squad will train together through the year in preparation for National County Team Championship in Sheffield in October 2013.

Head coach of Bodmin Dragons, Simon Darbourne, is pleased that the achievements of Amy, Esther, Katie, Emily, Angus, George and Oliver have been recognised by the county coach, Sean Hickman.



A Launceston disabled powerlifter walked away with a bronze medal at her first Paralympic competition.

Jade Farrington, 26, competed against athletes from Great Britain and Holland, including Zoe Newson who took bronze at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

She travelled to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Powerlifting 2013 UK Bench Press Championships in Kent and lifted 60kg on a special Paralympic bench, despite having been on one just once before.

Jade's left femur was replaced with a metal prosthesis following bone cancer aged 9 and she has been accepted onto the official training programme with the aim of qualifying for the Rio Paralympics in 2016.

Jade, who trains at Crunch Gym in Launceston and Plymouth Performance Gym, said: "It was brilliant to be able to compete against existing Paralympians and gain experience on a proper Paralympic bench. Crunch Gym is hoping to install what we believe will be the first one in Cornwall so I can train on it ready for my next disabled competition.

"I would like to thank everyone for their support, especially my family who drove me through the snow for more than seven hours to get to the championships. I couldn't have done it without them."

Jade also competes in the able-bodied British Drug Free Powerlifting Association (BDFPA). She smashed the federation's single lift unequipped bench press record in the women's under 58.5kg weight category when she lifted 50kg with her first ever competitive lift – 5kg more than the previous record of 45kg. She then broke her own new record with lifts of 55kg and 60kg.

Jade is organising a raffle to help her reach Rio as there is currently no funding available and she has to meet the costs for all training, competitions, travel and accommodation.

She said: "Businesses in Cornwall and further afield have been incredibly supportive and I've already had pledges from Crunch Gym, Jericho's Espresso, PM Computer Services, Ancient Art Falconry, artist Colin Burt, Adrian Brough Pottery, Ginsters, Plymouth Performance Gym, Kernow Occasions, artist Karen Farrington, Pennygillam Auto Centre, Cowslip Workshop, Launceston Christian Bookshop, Launceston Travel, Eagle House Hotel, Bricknells, Craig Chapman, author Jenny Alexander, Launceston Florist and Dr Yan's Massage.

"If any other businesses felt able to contribute a prize – large or small – I would be very grateful. The Rotary Club of Launceston has very kindly also donated £100 towards my training costs."

Dan Rogerson MP will make the draw at noon on March 22 at the Friday Market in Launceston Central Methodist Church hall. If you are able to offer a prize, email jade.farrington@gmail.com.



Callington horse rider Victoria Ham has received a prestigious national award. Victoria was presented with the South Essex Insurance Brokers (SEIB) and Retraining of Racehorses (ROR) Elite Performance Award for Endurance with her ex-racehorse, Thea's Lass.

Victoria collected the award at the Breeders Dinner and Award Ceremony organised by the British Horse Foundation at the Grange City Hotel, London. Leading equine insurance brokers SEIB are enthusiastic sponsors of these valuable awards.

The Elite Performance Award for Endurance offers a valuable prize fund of £2,500 to the winner, donated by RoR. The awards provide a focus for ex-racehorses competing in the disciplines of Eventing, Dressage, Show Jumping, Endurance and Showing and have encouraged more riders to recognise the talents and versatility of the thoroughbred and their potential for success in another sphere.

Thea's Lass was in training with Milton Bradley, she ran on the flat several times without success and then was used as a broodmare for several years. Victoria bought her in 2009 to bring on and sell.

Victoria said: "I cursed myself for several weeks after I purchased Thea as she would drag me across the field if I led her in a headcollar and spent the first six weeks lame with an abscess and bruised soles."

Thea turned out to be tricky to retrain and Victoria had to be patient with her. The pair started competing together in endurance in 2010 and achieved some grade 1 results. In 2011 they continued to progress and also participated in some cross country and show jumping competitions.

Victoria said: "Our aim for 2012 was to compete over further distances at the higher levels. We have had a brilliant season and completed six rides with Grade 1 results which also resulted in us taking 12th place in the overall Endurance GB Senior Championship. Next year I hope to progress even further with Thea.

"For a horse that was purchased to sell on, she is no longer for sale, no amount of money will part us – she has given me such a sense of achievement and it is an honour to own her. My father in law who is 69 hunted her a couple of months ago having not ridden for 15 years."

Equine Insurance brokers, South Essex Insurance Brokers who provide cover for horses, horse boxes, yards and much more, instigated the former Racehorse to Riding Horse Performance Awards in order to support the retraining of the thousands of racehorses who come out of training each year.

To find out more about the ROR and SEIB Elite Performance Awards visit www.racehorse2ridinghorse.co.uk. Or, www.ror.org.uk To be eligible, horses must have run in the UK and be registered with ROR, details of the 2013 competition will be available soon.



Bodmin Ladies hockey team are in the final of the Fair Game Awards to win a share of £50,000 worth of new Adidas kit.

Twenty teams are in the finals with ten teams and up to five up and coming female elite athletes getting to split the £50,000 kit and equipment prize.

The fair games award is part of the 'Stylist' fair games campaign which aims to challenge the imbalance between overall support available for male and female athletes.

This is what the campaign pledges to change:

• Currently only 5% of sports media coverage features women's events.

• For every 53 articles written about sporting men, there is one about a woman.

• Women's sport receives only 0.5% of the total sponsorship income into sport (men get 62.1%).

Eleven-time Paralympic champion Lady Grey-Thompson said: "The media coverage (of women) is abysmal and the funding is abysmal."

Bodmin Ladies captain Michele Poynter said: "As a grassroots club, winning this kit would make a huge difference.

"We have asked for quite a bit of safety equipment such as new footwear as we have had three members break/damage a foot this season already.

"We have also asked for new sticks and balls so new players can train without needing to buy all their kit up front."

To be win the kit and equipment prize Bodmin need to win an online public vote. The ladies would greatly appreciate it if the town of Bodmin and the surrounding area could get behind the team and vote.

It's really simple and only takes a few seconds, here is the link to do so www.stylist.co.uk/life/fair-game Voting closes on February 20.

For more details about the club or if you are interested in joining the club please contact Michele Poynter at m-poynter@hotmail.co.uk or visit http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/bodmin



There is no change at the top of the table after the two leading sides both won 8-3.

League leaders Rally Club defeated Liberal Club A while second placed White Hart B were successful at East Taphouse.

Caradon Inn were the biggest winners of the week when they took maximum points from Liberal Club B and have moved up into third spot for their efforts.

An out shot of 108 from Scott Cartwright helped Rivercroft to win by the narrowest of margins at Con Club while James Chudleigh was on target with a finish of 109 as Marquee Bar restricted Railway to just a single point.

Eliot Arms defeated Cornish Ivy B 8-3 while Cornish Ivy A and White Hart A both emerged 7-4 winners against Butchers Arms and Cheesewring respectively.

Maximums: Darren Cummings (Con Club), Paul Hardy (Cornish Ivy A).


Railway A continue their march towards another league title after a 7-0 whitewash of Market Inn puts them 22 points clear of the chasing pack.

Their stablemates Railway B look favourites for the runners up spot and did their chances no harm when beating Ivy Belles 5-2.

Manor House move up the table on the back of a 6-1 victory away at Ivy Mafia while in a much closer contest, White Hart edged out Cheesewring by the narrowest of margins.

Sportsmans and The Archers both secured 5-2 victories against East Taphouse and Butchers Arms respectively.


Rally Club are the new leaders after a convincing 9-2 victory when hosting Callington Cricket Club.

They have a one point lead but also a game in hand on second placed Sportsmans who emerged 6-5 winners at East Taphouse, aided by a checkout of 109 from Darren Thomas.

Andy Gill threw the week's highest checkout with a mark of 128, inspiring Marquee Bar to the narrowest of wins against Railway A while there were 10-1 victories for both Barbican Inn and Rivercroft against Halfway and Railway B respectively.



Another away day for Camelford as they continued their league programme at St Day.

Unfortunately the Ford were too slow off the mark in this highly competitive game. St Day were ready from the off and notched their first points in the first five minutes with a well taken try.

The Ford were in the St Day half but lost possession at a ruck. The resulting kick into the visitors 22 saw Camelford's back three out stripped and St Day capitalized with their unconverted try.

St Day heaped on the pressure with some highly effective rucking and mauling and also through some impressive scrimmaging. The Ford stood resolute and repelled many of the St Day advances, but were out foxed when the St Day broke from a maul on half way.

He sprinted past the desperate defence to dot down for try number two. This was duly converted to give the home side a 12 point lead after 20 minutes.

A similar break occurred on 35 minutes and the same player struck again, but the conversion was not made on this occasion.

St Day were pleased with their 17-point lead at the break as the Ford had made them work for every point. The second half promised to be a good spectacle for the supporters and turn out to be exactly that.

St Day notched an excellent unconverted try on 48 minutes with an extremely well worked back move. This put their right winger into space and he dutifully took the points. Again the extras were not added from the difficult conversion.

Finally the Ford were stung into action and from this point the game became theirs. Some fantastic mauling and much improved counter rucking meant that Cameford were more able to mount attacks.

They pressured St Day into mistakes and tackled ferociously and were eventually rewarded with an excellent score. Following a period of pressure the St Day half backs were forced back and mistakes were made.

The ball became free and the ever illusive Tim Williams picked up and finished off with one of his trade mark gallops. Rich Hawken was very close with the long range conversion so the score on 55 minutes was 22-5 in the home team's favour.

The Ford continued to mount attacks especially through their forwards and Jon Poniting strengthen the second row and marshalled some tremendous mauls.

Camelford were unlucky not to register a couple more tries as the game moved to its conclusion. Pete Thorne and Steve Knight both came close but the desperate defence of St Day held strong.

This second period was probably one of the Ford's best performances this season and hopefully they can be a bit swifter out of the blocks in future games.

Rob Brakes playing only his second game at scrum half performed magnificently for Camelford and was clear winner of the man of the match award.



Well done to the 16 ladies who played in a Stableford competition on an extremely cold day.

Lynda Simpson played consistently throughout the competition. With nine pars and one birdie she won with 33 points.

Liz Kennerley had the only two of the competition.

Result (played in one division): 1 Lynda Simpson 33pts; 2 Norma Richards 31; 3 Vanessa Eldridge 29.



Division one leaders Terriers suffered a shock 4-2 defeat at Sandpipers, new signing Derek Bartlett top scoring with 84 for Sandpipers, capt Alex Joyce hits SB83 also.

Hits & Misses gained a narrow 4-2 low scoring win at Ladybirds, capt. Brian Horton top scoring for visitors with 70. Jacks beat Crickets 4-2 and by 5-pins, Ivor Whale 76, and Dave Butt 75 the top two for Jacks.

Rebels amassed 560 pins in their 6-0 win at Callington, Richard Paul bags SB86, while Sylvan Pook scores 80. Vipers beat Foreign Legion 4-2, in-form Dan Hassam top scored with 81, while skipper Colin Britten hit 79, anchorman Chris Brown replied with 77 for FL.

In D2, Ramblers beat Jammy Dodgers 6-0, John Curtis-Rouse top scoring for the home side with 77, although Russ Hanson 75, Polly Schilling 73, contributed usefully.

Flyers accounted for Hobos 6-0, Pete Bickle top scoring with 77. Four X 4s v Ditchers & Millers v Tri-Ards postponed, Marketeers beat S Club 8 4-2, Steve Brown 72 & Lesley Morse 70, the best for Marketeers, though both Ally & Nick Skeet hit 74 for S Club.

In D3, Margaret Venning hit 95 to equal Ladies Highest Score in Burley Booties 6-0 win over stablemates Team Spirit. Seccombes v Nomads postponed; no other results in.

Last week, Chantelle Napier bagged 23-spare (Ladies Highest League Spare) in Cornish Rattlers 6-0 win over Dobwalls Dolly's.

Meanwhile in D4, Barley Belles beat Warleggan YF 6-0, Niall Dunn SB77 the pick for BB. Flat Caps won 6-0 at Half-Cutters, Derek Hayward top scoring with SB77 too.

Liberators beat Victorians 4-2 and by 3-pins in a low scoring game, Sandra Preston top scoring in the match with 63 for Liberators. Legionaires v Cornish Rattlers postponed (27/02/13).

Results and tables, Page 88-89.

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