TRURO AND PENWITH COLLEGE students helped the South West region to win the Wilkinson Sword trophy at the British Colleges Sports finals for first time since 2006.
The competition took place at Bath University with the best from each region looking to win medals in their own events and win valuable points for the overall competition.
Six Truro College students were part of the South West regional girls' rugby team, who went into their final game having not conceded a result.
They faced a Welsh team who were in the same position – with two minutes to go the South West were three points ahead but lost possession and were beaten in the final play, coming away with silver medals.
South West team coach Julie Penprase (Truro College) said: "It was such a close game, with both teams fielding girls of exceptional standard, a really good advert for the development of the women's game and credit to the girls who never gave up. Next year we will hopefully come back and win gold."
The cross-country event took place around the same course as the UK veterans' race and Conor Robinson from Redruth, in one of his first races back after injury, managed to finish third, the highest-placed South West athlete, and gaining points so the South West won the team gold in the boys' event.
The netball squad battled hard and were very unlucky to lose out to Taunton's College from the South East due to a blood injury; this put them into silver medal position and more valuable points for the South West.
Mesha Wardman, from St Ives, competed in the swimming gala which again was a regional team event. Her consistent performance was rewarded with a bronze medal.
The boys' rugby team had played at the National Schools' Sevens at Rosslyn Park on the previous two days, reaching the quarter-finals. Despite so much rugby in a short space of time, they battled with fatigue and injury with determination and played some fantastic rugby, eventually being rewarded for these efforts with bronze medals.
The closing ceremony took place at Bath University, where the medals were presented and the overall Wilkinson Sword points announced – the South West won with 11 points more than the South East.
Vicky Pring (South West team manager and Truro College lecturer) said: "As team manager I thought it important to see all the competitors in action and I managed to attended nearly all events.
"I was completely inspired by the energy and excitement being generated by so many students and staff.
"It really showed off colleges and their students in the most positive light. The Truro and Penwith College team contributed well to the overall success of the region."