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County Scene sport, November 23

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: November 23, 2012

CORNISH PRIDE: Cornwall Pilot Gig Club volunteers who were presented with Diamond Jubilee gold medals in London by British Rowing. They are, from left, Stuart Mountford (Devoran), Shane Sullivan (Charlestown) Don Seymour (Rame) and Beryl Tregear (Looe, at centre) pictured with Di Ellis, chairman of British Rowing. See story below.

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Cornish organisations are now able to apply for a share of £100,000 over the next year to help young people get into sport in the county, as part of an innovative Olympic legacy programme.

On Friday November 15, the Cornwall Sports Partnership (CSP) launched the third year of the OIympic-inspired, Sportivate, for 14 to 25 year olds to get into sport.

As the local driving force behind the national campaign to increase levels of participation, the CSP will be awarding grants to support local sporting projects.

Responding to the legacy pledge made by Seb Coe in Singapore in 2005, Sportivate is giving teenagers and young adults - who currently aren't playing sport in their own time - the chance to receive six weeks of coaching in a sport of their choice.

The young people are then helped to find a club or venue where they can keep taking part. Since it was launched in Cornwall in June 2011, the programme has already been a massive success with almost 1,300 more 14 to 25 year olds regularly participating in sporting activities off the back of the Sportivate sessions they'd attended.

Last year Nankersey Gig Rowing Club in Mylor received a Sportivate grant to run a project and have received much more than the monetary benefit.

Anne Oliver from the gig club explains: "The funding received from Sportivate has helped tremendously with the club being able to fund our coxes to receive qualifications and to enable more people getting out on the water which is what we are here for, after all!

"It has also helped towards rental for both our boats, Circe and Serafina, as storage for two 32ft long boats does not come cheap! Our aim is to definitely continue with the project during 2013, so that we can help even more youngsters to enjoy the historic sport of gig rowing."

Having realised the potential of some of their Sportivate rowers, Nankersey have also recruited new crew members through the project and took a number of their Sportivate graduates with them to compete in the 2012 World Gig Championships on the Isles of Scilly.

Mike Thomas, Director at the Cornwall Sports Partnership, comments: "Through Sportivate funding we have been able to invest in Cornish community clubs and organisations, providing essential resources to get more young people more active and to also work towards building a legacy from the 2012 Olympic games.

"Its success in Cornwall has been incredible and in less than two years, almost 1,300 young people have participated in six weeks or more of sporting activity and continued to enjoy taking part in that activity within their community."

The Cornwall Sports Partnership is also working at a local level to bring Places, People, Play, the government's official legacy programme for the London 2012 Olympics, to life through a number of other projects.

One of these, Sport Makers, is an inspirational programme that will see many more people given the confidence and opportunity to volunteer in sport locally.

It has also assisted in a significant amount of funding being invested in the county to renovate local community sports facilities, through Sport England's Inspired Facilities funding.

Successful venues include St Ives Tennis Club, St Agnes Surf Lifesaving Club, Falmouth Sports Centre, Pentewan Sands Sailing Club, Grampound Road Cricket Club and Callington Community College.

For further information about any of the Olympic Legacy programmes in Cornwall, or to apply for a Sportivate grant, please visit the Cornwall Sports Partnership's website: www.cornwallsportspartnership.c o.uk



The awards evening for the highly successful inaugural Cornwall Triathlon Series, organised by Carrick Leisure, took place at the Sands Resort Hotel in Newquay.

Following the success of the Brownlee brothers at the London Olympics, triathlon has become the fastest going sport in the UK over the past year which showed within the Cornish series with more than 700 athletes completing at least one event throughout the season.

The series itself comprised ten events throughout the county from May to October with distances from sprint to middle distance. Athletes had to complete six events to qualify in the overall standings.

The evening was hosted by Geoff Samuels, senior community Leisure Officer for Carrick Leisure. The guest speaker was Cornwall's Cassie Patten, who won bronze in the open water ten swim at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Dave Hooper of Triathlon England was also in attendance.

Thanks were given to series sponsors Cycle logic, USM, Giant, Aqua sphere, Triathlon England and Cornwall Council.

Awards were presented to the top three in each age group and the overall series winners.

The overall series winners where Anne Maskell (Cycle Logic) ahead of Helen Webb (Mounts Bay) and Sarah Myford (Cycle Logic).

In the men's series, internationals Dave Bartlett and Neil Eddy, both of Cycle Logic, finished joint first with Steve Marks of Newquay Tri third.

Among the age groups winners the men's over 50s was won by ex-international runner Mark King, (Tri Logic) who has become the first person to win both the Cornish Road Roaders' title and triathlon titles albeit 15 years apart.

A special award was given to Jonno Gibbins (Tri-Zone) who became the only person to complete all ten events.

The rest of the awards were: Male 60: Ivor Earl (Tamer Trotters); 2 Eddie Sugar, (East Cornwall Harriers); 3 Barry Drew (Tri-Logic). Female 60: 1 Marilyn Mitchell (St Austell Tri). Male junior: Callum Roberts (NewquayTri). Novice of series: Clive Boyes-Hunter, (Gyllyngvase SLSC). Female 50: eq 1: Lesley Richardson (Newquay Tri and Lisa Player (St Austell (Tri); 3 Jackie Swift (Tri-Logic). Male 50: 1 Mark King (Tri-Logic); 2 John Thompson (Newquay Tri); 3 Barry Jackson (Tri-Logic). Female 40: 1 Anne Maskell (Cycle Logic); 2 Sarah Myford (Cycle Logic); 3 Lisa Crawford. Male 40: 1 Steve Marks (Newquay Tri); 2 Dave Pell (Tri-Logic); eq 3 Andrew Smith (One & All), Darrin Porter (Tri-Logic) and Jonno Gibbons (Tri-Zone). Female 21-39: 1 Helen Webb (Mounts Bay); 2 Sandi Hill (Newquay Tri); 3 Liane Holt (Newquay Tri). Male 21-39: eq 1 Dave Eddy and Dave Bartlett; 3 Ian Wright (Truro Rowing Club).



Champions Carlyon Arms may be unbeaten and Rock Inn winless but based on Sunday's game both teams records could change very soon.

For the second time this season the Roche-based side have found a formula to stifle free scoring Sandy, the closeness of the squad reflected in the way they attack and defend in numbers.

It is a huge understatement to say Rock Inn deserved something from a game they eventually lost 2-1. Bossing the game from the off only a reflex save by veteran Sandy keeper Holley in the opening minute stopped Rock Inn going ahead.

When the lead eventually came it was no more than Rock Inn deserved though Sandy equalised almost immediately. The home team's tail was up and the winning goal from Charles Jones followed shortly after despite an apparent foul on a Rock Inn player in the build up.

On the adjacent pitch Packhorse hosted Luxulyan and saw their title aspirations disappear after their fourth league defeat in a row.

Despite coming back from 2-0 down Packhorse saw Luxulyan complete the league double over them.

Packhorse can consider themselves unlucky, a succession of injuries to key players have decimated the squad. Retaining the Knockout Cup is now their priority, their semi-final with Blue Anchor is not until 2013 so this will allow them to get players back fit.

In the only other game played at the weekend, Blue Anchor's fine run continued as they won 3-1 away at LC Phoenix in the Shield. They'll now face Carlyon Arms in the semi-final.



A talented sports coaching graduate is nurturing cycling talent in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset after securing a role with British Cycling.

Justin Knox, 37, from Matlock, Derbyshire, secured the role after completing British Cycling's Scholarship programme for 2011-12.

As a British Cycling 'Go Ride Coach', Justin will work to develop the skills of young talented cyclists and school children throughout the South West.

He said: "I'm really excited about putting my knowledge and recent experience into developing cycling talent in the South West after securing my dream job."

Pilot Gigs


Four of Cornwall's Pilot Gig Clubs were recognised at a British Rowing lunch at The Merchant Taylor's Guild Hall in London on November 17 – Shane Sullivan from Charlestown, Beryl Tregear from Looe, Don Seymour from Rame and Stuart Mountford from Devoran.

Their gold medals were awarded for 'dedicated service to the sport of rowing' by volunteers – a wonderful opportunity for Cornwall's Pilot Gig Clubs to be recognised on the national front as well as acknowledging the immense passion, time, commitment and energy which has gone into making this Cornish heritage sport ever increasing in popularity.

60 Gold Medals in total were awarded to represent the Diamond Jubilee Year. Individuals were selected by Di Ellis, CBE, Chairman of British Rowing, who made the presentations.

British Rowing is the National Governing Body for rowing and covers a wide range of clubs, some rowing on rivers/canals, as well as our own heritage sport - Cornish Pilot Gigs - rowed at sea.

Short mat


Over the weekend, Peter Hore from the Holmans club at Camborne took his place in the England team at the British Isles Championship played at Potters Leisure Resort, Hopton-on-Sea, Norfolk.

Playing in the team event, Peter lined up alongside AJ Brown (Oxfordshire), Ben Pay (Hampshire) and Roger Wiggins (Oxfordshire) in one of the four rinks.

The competition format sees the results determined by the aggregate score across all four mats when each pair of countries meet.

On Saturday afternoon England faced Wales in their opening games of the championships.

England started the better team opening up a four shot lead across the four mats in the early stages but were unable to stretch that advantage as Wales held on and eventually reduced the deficit to one shot with a couple of ends to go and going on to win by six shots, England 29 Wales 35 with Peter's rink losing 6-8.

Sunday morning saw England next up against Scotland and keen to record a strong result to set up a deciding final set of games against Ireland. England raced into a 13 shot lead after three ends, extending that to 20 after five ends and eventually winning by 48 shots with Peter's rink recording an impressive 27-3 win.

Against Ireland on Sunday afternoon England were soon behind dropping nine on the first end with that extended to 20 shots by the half way point.

England rallied over the closing ends but could only reduce the deficit to 16, losing by a score line of England 30 Ireland 46 with Peter's rink recording the only win in the session for England by 15 shots to 9 to finish as the top England rink. England finished in third place in the final.


This weekend the qualification competition for the County Triples will be played at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowls Club with 41 teams split across the two days with 21 playing on Saturday and 20 on Sunday chasing the eight spots available in the county finals later in the season.

Motor trial


Dry weather and Nancemellin don't usually go together, but Sunday saw just that for the Simon Cudlip Trial.

Run by Camborne and Redruth motor club, the results show that the ground still isn't that grippy and took a heavy toll on the riders. Due partly to running an extra lap, no one managed to keep their scores under 60. On the expert course only one rider Martin Richards finished and in doing so lost a hefty 84 marks.

The White route saw a close fight for top honours with Robin Martin just pipping David Richards by two, the Youth A went to Will Kemp from Ty Hendra and Youth B to Matthew Luscombe. On the Yellow course as the week before the win went to Graham Airey from Chris Anstee and Phil Roberts, while in the twinshock class Kevin Hawke beat his riding companion Peter Bullen. The Youth B winner was young James Wilcox.

On the Red beginners course Chris Hooper took the adult win with Alex Diment taking the youth.

Results: Blue course: Prem, M Richards 84. White course: Prem, R Martin 66, D Richards 68, S Cudlip 144. T/S, P Atkins 205. Youth A, W Kemp 137, T Hendra 180. Youth B, M Luscombe 233. Yellow course: N/exp Prem, G Airey 63, C Anstee 64, P Roberts 74. Novice, A Wetherelt 73, L Allen 103, C Cudlip 104. T/S, K Hawke 77, P Bullen 111. Youth B, J Wilcox 176. Red course: Adult, C Hooper 102. Youth, A Diment 99.



The Cornwall Target Association held its annual meeting at the Fraddon Village Hall. The meeting was taken by Association president, Colonel Edward Bolitho, the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall.

The meeting heard from retiring secretary Charlie Batten that there were two main items of concern to the target shooting fraternity in the past year.

Firstly, the possibility that the County Long Range, currently at Trethosa Moor, on land owned by Imerys, could be under threat because they want an energy company to create a 'solar park' very close by.

Negotiations were ongoing and we expect to be further forward by the end of the year.

The second cause for concern, was more positive in that since the Olympic and Paralympic Games, some clubs have had a large increase in people wishing to learn to shoot.

This has left some clubs with too few qualified coaches, however, the association is hopeful about improving that situation, with the help of the Chief National Coach.

The officers were unanimously re-elected, with the exception of the Mr Batten, who last year announced his intention to retire from the post after 24 years, stating that he believed the post should be held by a currently competing shooter.

Les Sayer, a member of the Liskeard Rifle Club was proposed and elected to become the new secretary.

Colonel Bolitho thanked Mr. Batten for his sterling years of service, and welcomed Mr Sayer to the post. The two men will collaborate to ensure a smooth transition.

There were a number of awards made and were presented by Colonel Bolitho.

The Powderham Cup was retained by Cornwall's juniors, who trounced Devon on that county's home range, and the cup was presented to the junior organiser, Geoff Davies from the Truro club.

The next awards were blazer badges to the Cornwall air rifle team who came second in the National competition during 2011/12.

The winning team were: Mrs Sandy Parker, Matthew and Philip Hammond, Tom Perry, Phil Yeomans and Dave Husband. Only the two Hammonds and Tom Perry were present to receive their awards.

The final presentation was that of The Lord Lieutenants Trophy, originally donated by Viscount Falmouth, to be presented to the person, team or persons who were adjudged to have done the most to further the sport of target shooting during the past 12 months.

This year's winner was Rod Aldred, from the Helston Rifle Club, for his excellent work with the juniors of that club, introducing a new discipline and taking the juniors out of county to compete.

The Lord Lieutenant presented the trophy to loud applause.

The third round of the shoulder to shoulder league matches have now been shot with wins for Truro (487) at Hayle (473) and Penzance and St Ives (488) over Helston (479) all scores ex 500.

The outstanding shoot of the round was for Charlie Griffiths of the Penzance club in his first season with the club scoring a maximum 100.



Cornwall's annual Tamar Cup clash against Devon will be staged at Plymouth Albion's Brickfields on Monday, April 22, with a 7.45pm kick-off.

Meanwhile, the venue for Cornwall Under 20s' final group match, also against Devon, in the National Under-20 Championship on Sunday, February 10 has been confirmed as Ivybridge RFC, with a 2.30pm kick-off.

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