Awards night at the Tintagel Surf Life Saving Club

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Tintagel Surf Life Saving Club recently held their annual meeting and awards ceremony at the Mill House Inn, Trebarwith.

Club President Les Freke told the large gathering of members and parents how delighted he was to welcome them all and thanked the committee and President Ted Lowe for their efforts to keep the club running during the difficulties created by the COVID pandemic.

Last summer the club met and trained for the first time since COVID and the ‘Youth’ and ‘Senior’ members successfully won 30 vital awards. The ‘Nipper’ group also met on Friday evening at Trebarwith where they learned some considerable skills in the water.

During the winter, the club held weekly swimming practices at Camelford Pool and 32 children from the club’s Nipper group passed their water skills awards.

The following awards were presented by the President: Best Nipper Girl, Evie Reid; the best boy Nipper, Austin Murphy; The most improved girl and boy Nippers were Isla Murphy and Corey Knight; The best junior was Libby O’Neill and the most improved Mae Athey; The Tube Rescuer Awards were presented to: Milo Dowling, Mae Athey, Leah Athey, Niamh Jones, Karen Stratton, Phil Reed and Dylan Jorden-Shilling; Surf Life Saving Awards: Abe Murphy, Bo Simpson, Tigs Coleman, Phoebe Jorden-Shilling, Stan Fletcher, Mary Dowling, Rachel Hicks, Glenn Slade and Matt Jollye.

Surf Lifeguard Awards: Adam Copping, Chris Lowe, Libby O’Neill, Noah Stratfield, Alice Fletcher, Thomas Knight, Hannah Slade, Alison Chatterjea, Ted Lowe, Martin Elston, Ryan Hughes Lewis Handley, Beth Bosley and Dan Murphy.

Finally, club vice-president Peter Savage presented a new Rescue Award to recognize outstanding bravery by a club member. Peter had commissioned the new Hambly Medal, named after the local coastguard volunteer who helped rescue nine crew from the Iota which ran aground on the cliffs near Tintagel in 1893.

The first medal recipients were Adam Copping and Chris Lowe who rescued a struggling swimmer in Trebarwith.

The two club members were body surfing after a practice session at the club and heard the desperate cries for help of a tourist caught in a rip current, swam to him and without any equipment brought him down. The club president said that without their quick actions, the victim would almost certainly have drowned.

Club chairman Ted said with an increase in membership this year, the club were looking forward to the start of their summer training sessions at Trebarwith in May.

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