Newquay Winners Honoured & Treated

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June 19th – Updated with VIDEO below
The achievements of some of the 2015 World Champions have been recognised by a Newquay business who wanted to shout about their recent success and treat them to a pamper day.

Frankie’s Gun Hair Smith felt the Newquay girls’ wins in Scilly needed to receive more publicity. And so the ladies crews who had done so well in both the Open Final as well as the Veteran race have now been able to celebrate in style.

The Ladies A crew were as follows:

Coxswain: Nick George

Rowers: Ella Cattermoul-Williams, Ali Bevis, Karen Beswetherick, Nicola Hazell, Bec McCowen-Brown, Jenna Paull.

The Ladies Veterans crew:  

Coxswain: Nicola Hazell.

Rowers: Annie Oxenham, Nicky Pender, Karen Beswetherick, Fay Cattermoul, Bec McCowen-Brown, Tracey Barrett


Alex Richardson from Frankie’s Gun said:

These TEN remarkable ladies gained their titles in a nail biting, tightly contested final at the World Championship Gig Rowing races in the Scillies in May. Gig rowing has been an iconic sport amongst the local Cornish communities for many years, with this club chasing the title for over two decades. As incredible as this is, no one (outside of the gig rowing community) seems to know of their success. Ian Williams and Jane Sebire, joint owners of Frankie’s Gun Hair Smith in Newquay couldn’t overlook this and took it upon themselves to remedy the situation.

The plan was a simple one, give the ladies a total make over from top to toe and get them in front of a camera to share and celebrate with the good folk of Cornwall. Frankie’s Gun created and personalised all haircuts and colours, together with other polished local professionals Roo’s Beach clothing boutique, who custom styled each look, Madame Tashy for the make up and Photographer Carolyn Oakley from Images Photography. Every aspect of this journey was shot by Craig Bracefield of Aroha Films and made into a short four minute film.

The point behind all of this effort was simple; to raise awareness of this outstanding accomplishment within the local community and the wider audience of Cornwall through the local press. And who wouldn’t want to? After all, how often does a small sea side town such as Newquay have ten world champions? Let alone unsung modest ones who go quietly about their business without any of the town joining together to rejoice in their unbelievable feat.

The film will be premiered at Newquay Rowing Club on the evening of Wednesday 17th June.

Ian and Jane have also used the photographs from the shoot to produce a limited number of calendars, with all of the profits going to a charity of the ladies choice. Both crews are also looking for sponsors to help them buy some new oars.


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