Mylor Harbour was the venue for yesterdays 2014 Cornwall School Games Watersports competition involving several sports including sailing, gig rowing, kayaking & stand up paddle boarding. 23 crews from 11 schools took to the water for the gig rowing event, co-ordinated by British Rowing area participation manager Rhiannon Bailey. The day is part of the wider Cornwall School Games calendar which sees several events ran by Cornwall Sports Partnership. The competition is a product of true partnership working, with racing being ran on the water by volunteers from Falmouth Gig Club, boats loaned from local clubs and support from several volunteers from a range of CPGA clubs. Schools are encouraged to link with their local gig clubs to enter teams in four categories, competing in a series of sprint races. The day saw challenging conditions with a fresh wind creating a long slog to the start line.
In 2013 Mullion school (linked with Coverack & Cadgwith Gig Club) took 1st place in all four categories but in 2014 Fowey denied this, with each school taking two categories a piece. There was a nail biting finish in the Year 10+11 open race, with Fowey taking the win by a matter of feet.
A new school to enter this year was Liskeard in East Cornwall – entering 3 teams. This school has linked with Looe Gig Club to form a successful satellite club – which has led to the club running learn to row courses for the school, assisted by Sportivate funding. Projects such as this are thought to have influenced the recent increase in young people taking part in water based rowing, as reported in the most recent ‘Active People Survey’.
A huge thanks goes to the large amount of volunteers who supported this event including clubs who lent boats, umpires & officials, coxswains and parents – without whom the event would not take place.
– pictures from 2014 to follow-
Schools entered & link club:
- Cape (Cape Cornwall gig club)
- Camborne (Hayle gig club)
- Penryn (Falmouth, Helford and Flushing & Mylor clubs)
- Mullion (Coverack & Cadgwith gig clubs)
- Truro (Roseland gig club)
- Tretherras (Newquay rowing club)
- Bude (Boscastle & Bude gig clubs)
- Liskeard (Looe Gig Club)
- Saltash (Caradon gig club)
- Wadebridge (Rock gig club)
- Fowey (Fowey gig club)
Clubs who loaned gigs: Nankersey, Helford, Flushing & Mylor, Cadgwith, Roseland, Devoran, Falmouth.
|Year 7-9 girls|
|Year 7-9 Open|
|Year 10+11 girls|
|Year 10 +11 open|