The sun shone on 44 of Hayle Surf Life Saving Club’s Nippers as they took part in the Surf Life Saving Cornwall Nipper Championships at Carbis Bay on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July 2010. A fantastic two day event that was at a great venue and very well organised by Surf Life Saving Cornwall culminated in the Nippers finishing in 2nd place overall with 577 points, behind Portreath SLSC, with the girls team achieving 1st place overall. The individual and team events took part on the beach (sprints, beach flags & 500m/1km run) and in the sea (swim and nipper board paddling); points were awarded up to 8th place. Hayle Nippers accumulated 577 points and 38 medals, 10 Gold, 13 Silver and 15 Bronze. Girls Team Manager, Traci Parker, said “I am so proud of all our Team, there were some outstanding individual achievements and they all put 100% effort and enthusiasm into every event they entered. It was a wonderful sight to see 450 children between the ages of 8 and 13, from 11 different Surf Life Saving Clubs across Cornwall taking part in such a worthwhile event. They were out in the fresh air, meeting new people, getting plenty of exercise and honing skills that may one day result in a Beach Lifeguard qualification. Individual Medal winners were: – 8 yr olds: Grace Harvey-Bronze in Beach Flags; Harley Perry-Bronze in 500m run; Tanni Smitham-Gold in Wading race, Silver in Beach Flags & Bronze in Board race. 9yr olds: Poppy Burford- Bronze in Surf race, Ben Friday-Silver in Beach Flags; Lilly Parsons-Gold in Surf race & Silver in Board race; Alistair Pearson-Gold in Beach Sprint; Niamh Symons-Silver in Beach Spring & Bronze in 500m run. 10 yr olds: Steven Lewis- Bronze in Beach Flags. 11 yr olds: Morva Hughes-Gold in Board race & Bronze in Surf race; Sophie Morris-Silvers in Surf & Board race & Bronze in 1km run. 12 yr olds: Alex Pace-Gold in 1km run, Bronzes in Beach Sprint & Beach Flags; Mawgan Petersen-Bronze in Surf race. 13 yr olds: Vicky Burlingham-Gold in 1km run, Silvers in Board race, Golden Nipper, Beach Sprint & Beach Flags; Brittany Smaldon-Bronzes in Surf race & Golden Nipper.
Team Medal winners were: – Beach Relay: 8-9 yr old girls-Gold for Esme Adams, Lilly Parsons, Tanni Smitham & Niamh Symons; 8-9 yr old boys-Bronze for Ben Friday, Lewis King, Alistair Pearson & Archie Pickin. Board Relay: 8-9 yr old girls-Silver for Poppy Burford, Lilly Parsons & Niamh Symons; 10-11 yr old girls- Gold for Morva Hughes, Sophie Morris & Jenna Smitham; 12-13 yr old girls-Silver for Vicky Burlingham, Kathryn Onley & Brittany Smaldon. Surf Relay (Taplin): 8-9 yr old girls-Gold for Esme Adams, Lilly Parsons & Niamh Symons; 10-11 yr olds girls-Silver for Serenity Green, Morva Hughes & Sophie Morris; 12-13 yr old girls-Gold for Vicky Burlingham, Bethany Mead & Brittany Smaldon. See photos on slideshow page.