3,000 STUDENTS TO COMPETE IN CORNWALL'S BIGGEST EVER SCHOOL SPORT EVENT:
More than 3,000 Cornish students will be competing in the 2012 Cornwall School Games in Newquay and Carn Brea next Friday, in the biggest school sport event the county has ever seen.
As excitement and momentum build for the Olympics, Cornish secondary and primary schools are equally excited about putting forward their top performing athletes for the Cornwall Games at Newquay Tretherras School and a number of other venues across Newquay, plus at Carn Brea Athletics Track.
A number of high profile sports personalities will be there on the day to encourage and motivate the participating students at the different locations, which include: Carn Brea Athletics Track, Lusty Glaze Beach, Newquay Teviglas School, Newquay Sports Centre, Heron Tennis Centre, Waterworld, Newquay Harbour and the flagship site at Newquay Tretherras School which will host the Athletes' Village and stage.
Injecting a Cornish twist to the programme, the event will see students compete in surfing, beach volleyball, gig rowing and surf lifesaving amongst the line-up of sports, which also includes: dance, tennis, rugby 7s, wheelchair basketball, boccia, table tennis, netball, athletics and hockey.
Cornish Olympic sailor, Ben Ainslie, said: "Sport has the power to change people's lives. It excites, it motivates, it inspires. It has given me amazing opportunities to not only achieve my Olympic dreams but to also become the person I want to be.
"I fully support the Cornwall School Games as I believe it will be a fantastic opportunity for all involved to achieve their own sporting excellence".
The 2012 Cornwall School Games has been organised in partnership by Cornwall Sports Partnership, Local School Games Organisers, Cornwall Schools and Head Teachers and the different National Governing Bodies of Sport through a Local Organising Committee.
Marie Hunter, chair of the Cornwall School Games Organising Committee and advocate Head Teacher, said: "This is such a great moment for the young people of Cornwall.
"In this Olympic year, experiencing the thrill of testing themselves against the very best young sportsmen and women from every school in Cornwall is very special.
"The young people themselves are responsible for much of the organisation of this prestigious event which promises to be every bit as exciting for them as London 2012."
YOUNGSTERS INSPIRED AS OLYMPICS TAKES HOLD:
Almost a thousand young people in Cornwall have been inspired to get involved in sport thanks to Sport England's Sportivate Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative.
Sportivate is aimed at 14- to 25-year-olds who currently aren't playing sport in their own time, giving them the chance to find a sport they enjoy. The young people are then helped to find a club or venue where they can keep taking part.
Cornwall Sports Partnership is running Sportivate in Cornwall and has on offer a range of different sports from Archery to American Football to Cheerleading.
Tim Marrion from Cornwall Sports Partnership said: "This investment into local community sport is very much needed to inspire young people to take up sport and physical activity.
"Sportivate in Cornwall has been really successful with almost a thousand young people being retained into various activities delivered locally, when they want in an informal environment."
He continued: "If any local providers need small amounts of cash to kick start activity then please get in touch."
Sport England's Executive Director for Community Sport Mike Diaper said: "It's fantastic that so many teenagers and young adults are getting into sport through Sportivate.
"Whether it's BMX biking, canoeing or netball, I've been really struck by the enthusiasm of the young people on Sportivate sessions and impressed that so many of them are continuing to play once the course is over."
As part of the Places People Play official Olympic legacy programme, Sportivate will benefit hundreds of thousands of young people over four years.
To help inspire and motivate the participants, our Sporting Champions - a team of current and retired elite athletes – are visiting Sportivate sessions to share their experiences and enthusiasm for sport.
HARRIS SAYS HE'S 'GUTTED' DESPITE FINE DISPLAY:
Chris Harris admitted he was "gutted", despite producing his best Grand Prix performance of the season to reach the final at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen last Saturday night, writes Nigel Walrond.
The 29-year-old Cornishman's top score in the opening four rounds of the 2012 series had only been six points.
But he managed eight in the Danish Grand Prix to scrape into the semi-finals, on countback from Swedish duo Andreas Jonsson and Peter Ljung.
He made it through his semi-final in second place behind former world champion Jason Crump, but that meant he had last choice of gate positions in the final.
Harris, from Probus, did not make the best of starts and remained at the back of the field for the whole race, with Crump winning his first Grand Prix since Leszno in 2010, ahead of Sweden's Freddie Lindgren and reigning world champion Greg Hancock.
But it was a massive improvement for Harris on his previous GP outings this season and saw him climb two places in the overall standings to 13th on 27 points - 19 points adrift of the top-eight automatic qualification berths for 2013.
Harris said: "I'm pleased to make some progress, but I'm very disappointed to get to the final and finish last.
"It's a bit gutting really. Gate three was rubbish all night – I didn't have a hope of getting out of there.
"I've moved a bit, but the guys ahead of me haven't dropped enough points. We're moving in the right direction.
"It's pleasing to get to the final, but disappointing to run a last when I got there."
Harris had to change bikes after crashing in the first attempt to run his semi-final, when he got caught up in a collision between Emil Sayfutdinov and Bjarne Pedersen.
"The track went quite slick at the end and after my crash, I had to change bikes. The one I went on to was probably a bit too strong really and the changes we made for the final didn't really work."
Harris will now hope to improve even further when the next Grand Prix takes place in Gorzow in Poland on Saturday, June 23.
"I know I'm good enough to be in the Grand Prix and everyone else knows I'm good enough," he said.
"We'll take Saturday's result into Gorzow. We're still fighting and still going."
Danish GP: 1 Crump 18 points, 2 Lindgren 15, 3 Hancock 17, 4 Harris 10. Other scorers: Sayfutdinov 11, B Pedersen 10, N Pedersen 9, Holder 9, Jonsson 8, Ljung 8, MJ Jensen 7, Bjerre 5, MB Jensen 4, Andersen 4, Gollob 3, Lindback 3, Kildemand 2, Hampel 0.
Overall standings: Hancock 75, Crump 73, N Pedersen 65, Holder 61, Gollob 52, Lindgren 52, Sayfutdinov 48, Hampel 46, Jonsson 38, Lindback 34, B Pedersen 29, Ljung 29, Harris 27, Bjerre 25, Andersen 24.
TEMPLE TROUT FISHERY:
May and early June produced some good bags at Temple Fishery, near Bodmin, writes Julian Jones.
In bright warm conditions fish have been deeper in the lake with intermediate and sinking lines being most effective fished with mini lures, boobies and weighted nymphs.
In overcast conditions flies fished on or close to the surface have done well.
The largest five fish bag of the month was caught by Mary Ratcliffe, of Exeter, which weighed in at 14 lb 7 oz. Mary's bag was taken on a Damsel Nymph and the heaviest fish weighed 7 lb 2 oz.
The best rainbow of the month was caught by Jim Husband, of St Austell, the fish tipped the scales at 9 lb 6 oz and fell for a Damsel Nymph.
Wes Ower, of Launceston, landed a good 8 lb 6 oz rainbow on a mini Dawson's Olive. Dave Parsons, of Newquay, caught and released a good 5 lb brown on a Damsel Nymph which was tagged netting Dave a £100 prize.
CORNWALL FACE TAUNTON IN SOUTH WEST FEDERATION:
Cornwall's Federation League team, of Stephen Read (hcp 12, captain), Peter Cutting (12), Colin Hadley (12) and Paul Schofield(14), welcomed the team from Taunton Deane.
In near ideal weather conditions the mornings play commenced with a doubles & two singles games. Cornwall won the doubles after a close game (Cwll 24, TD 22). One singles was just lost ( Cwll 22, TD 23), the other was a convincing win (Cwll 26, TD 9). By lunch Cornwall were 2-1 up.
The afternoon's play was four singles. The afternoon went very much Cornwall's way with three wins (Cwll 26, TD 10. C 26, TD 11 & C 26, TD 12) & 1 loss (Cwll 13, TD 19).
The final result was Cornwall 5 games, Taunton Deane 2 games.
Cornwall Rosevear v Sidmouth:
Cornwall Rosevear entertained Sidmouth for Rosevear's fourth league match of the season. The season had started with a win against Cornwall Porthpean, but this was followed by a narrow loss, 9.5-10.5 to Nailsea, and a further loss to Budleigh Salterton.
Things started well enough for Cornwall in the first set of singles, and the match remained finely balanced at lunch, with equal points scores for each team.
A number of close games followed in the afternoon, but as against Nailsea, the momentum shifted towards Sidmouth, who finally ran out 11-9 winners.
One of the features of the match was the number of very close games – of the 20 played, six ended in draws, and a further seven were decided by just one hoop.
One of the doubles was unduly slow and draggy, as evinced by a score of only 4-3, and brought forward a request from the referee to speed up.
One game, agreed as a draw, could have been a Cornwall win, but one hoop was left with no marking peg on it, and neither player could recall with certainty who won it, and it was agreed as being Sidmouth's.
Final result: Sidmouth 11, Cornwall Rosevear 9.
CORNWALL'S CUP QUEST:
The boys U14 Aegon County Cup for Cornwall was held at The Lansdown Club, Bath when the travelling team was Kieran Roskell-Thomas (1), Max Cameron-Webb (2), Charlie Newman (3) and Nick Peters (4).
On day one the team was up against a very strong South Wales side that in the end proved far too strong and Cornwall were soundly beaten.
However, there was a high point of the match when Cornwall's first pair doubles of Roskell-Thomas and Peters produced a great performance to win their match against the South Wales first pair. This meant that at the end of the day Cornwall had lost the match 5-1.
The second day saw Cornwall face an equally difficult task in the form of Dorset. The team were up for the challenge but again found themselves in an irreversible situation of 4-0 down after the singles. Unlike the day before Cornwall were unable to deliver a rubber and went down 6-0.
Day three saw a play off against Channel Islands for third or fourth place.
It was a rain drenched day and had to be moved off the hard courts onto wet astro courts.
Cornwall got off to a great start with Nick Peters winning his match at number four.
The Channel Islands then drew back level with Charlie Newman losing out at number three. Max Cameron-Webb, number two and Kieran Roskell-Thomas number one, both produced great performances to win their matches and put Cornwall 3-1 up.
The doubles was again a great performance and saw Max and Charlie narrowly miss out.
Kieran and Nick managed to take Cornwall across the finish line with a win at first pair. Cornwall ended the day with a 4-2 win over Channel Islands and finished third in what was a tough and very competitive group.
All players showed great effort and commitment through out the weekend and produced good performances against in most cases stronger opposition.
Fifty-five riders took to the track at Portreath on Wednesday night for the second round of the Cornish Championships on a miserable dank evening which the rain largely stayed away from.
A couple of holidaying visitors from Burnham BMX Club bolstered the entries in the two youngest groups which saw Louie Fernihough take two wins in 6 & Unders for overall second place and Finley Penaluna in third.
Dennis Stewart continued his domination of the seven-year-olds with four fine wins and with Joseph Bryant in second position whilst in the mixed 8/9s it was Ashley England who reigned supreme, winning all evening from Zak Hudson.
Iwan Ellis-Davies stormed home to four wins in the 10/11s with Harry Fernihough and Ewan George his placemen. Daniel Commons-Lomax and Max Diment chased home Josh Caddy each time in 13-15s for second and third overall respectively with Josh just keeping ahead at the finish line.
All the remaining older riders were grouped together and Sean Herman took two of the wins with Dan Davis and Tyler Caddy sharing the other two but the final overall result went in favour of Dan from Scott Dominguez and Tyler.
With two wins apiece in the mixed girls' group 9-13s the overall victory fell to Alisha Phillips from Megan Wherry and Yasmin England.
It was far clearer who the winner of the 14-16s was with Becky Davis taking four wins from Katie Kemp and Joanna Kistle in races which saw some close battles once again.
With rain starting to fall it was good that the races were completed and another successful round of the local Series was concluded.
Round three of the Series takes place this Friday at Blackwater at 6pm and then the riders are off to Burnham for round four of the South West Summer Series on Sunday.
Details of races both home and away can be found at www.cornwallbmx.co.uk and www.duchypirates.co.uk. and new riders are welcomed to attend club nights at both local tracks.
The West Cornwall Table Tennis League formally ended the 2011/2012 season when the annual presentation evening was held at the Lowenac Hotel, Camborne.
More than 60 members, including long standing president David Blackford and Steve Hunt, from the League sponsors Ignition Credit PLC, attended the dinner with many more members collecting trophies later in the evening.
Chairman Roger Jacobs thanked the committee for their efforts during the season, but stressed the need for greater involvement from younger members in the administration to bring fresh new ideas into the game.
He also thanked Ignition Credit PLC for their continued support and sponsorship of the 'Player of the Month' awards.
He reported that the league was in generally good health with coaching taking place in many parts of the county, and he hoped that the forthcoming Olympic Games would provide an added stimulus to membership due to the extensive media coverage.
Trophies were presented for all the events held during the season with the prestigious special awards decided by the committee as follows:
Sports Person of the Year: Mike Elford (Mylor TTC); Award for Endeavour: Joel Myers (Mounts Bay T.T.C.): Most Improved Player: William Wynne: (St. Ives TTC); Junior Player of the Year: James Wright (ST. Austell TTC); Player of the Year: Jeremy Williams (Falmouth Docks TTC).
Countrymen Volleyball Club again ran their charity Pairs on Perranporth beach recently. The charities being funded are SSAFA Forces Help and Cornwall Hospice. Money raised so far just over £1,000.
The winners and therefore Cornwall champions were Michal Muraczyk and James Mosley, the mens plate Andy Gluyas and Toni Opie, ladies winners Michelle Townson and Phillipa Sheldon, the youth winners were James and Rewan of St Ives School.
The Over 50s winners Nigel Bates and Keith Barnet, the over 60s again won by James Gilbert and Alan Conquest. The coveted 'spirit of the games' went to the St Ives School pair James and Rowan.
With very high winds the standard of play was very high making the beach volleyball again a success.