CLUB CELEBRATES ITS THIRD ANNIVERSARY:
Helston's One and All Judo Club have just enjoyed their third anniversary. Formed in 2010, by Sensei Christine Davies and Sensei Vanessa Davies, they have seen the club grow from just three members to more than 25.
It caters for children aged from five to adults over 40 and the rise in membership of more than 700 per cent is certainly part of the Olympic legacy.
The club itself has had Olympic recognition with club member Kevin Archbold being part of the sport administration team at Earl's Court and Sensei Vanessa attending several events after winning Junior Coach of the year from the Cornwall Sports Partnership.
Sensei Vanessa has also represented Great Britain in international competitions.
This increase in membership caused its own problems; however, after a grant from Sported the club was able to purchase a new set of mats in 2012.
This year they are aiming to continue to increase membership and purchase new crash mats. But they still need more members to continue to move forward.
Are you interested? Judo is a sport that began in Japan more than 100 years ago. It is a style of fighting where one opponent can defeat another without anyone getting seriously hurt.
Boys, girls, men and women of all ages take part in judo in many different countries all around the world. It is an ideal way of keeping fit.
It provides a great cardiovascular workout which improves stamina, general health and overall fitness.
Physical strength and flexibility are also improved as a result of trying to control and dictate the movements of an opponent.
Judo is ideal for all ages, male and female and attracts players from many disability groups.
Confidence and self-esteem are developed as players progress through the ranks and the very nature of the grading system ensures that the next goal is always realistic and achievable with effort.
The grading system also ensures that players, whatever their skill level, will have opportunities to compete with players of similar ability and have a chance to experience victory.
Judo places a great emphasis on self discipline and respect for others. It is extremely rare to see any player act in a disrespectful way towards an opponent or official.
Whether training at the club or competing in the Olympics, bad manners or unsportsmanlike behaviour are never tolerated.
Many people find that lessons learnt on the mat help you in every aspect of life – increased confidence, self-respect, discipline and respect for other people.
One and All Judo Club aim to be accessible, financially, to allcomers and therefore keep their fees as low as possible.
The club subscription fees are £2.50 per week for juniors and £3 per week for seniors.
One and All Judo Club offer anyone trying judo for the first time a free session – just wear loose fitting sports clothes, so why not come along and enjoy a family friendly club.
Parents welcome to stay and watch. The club trains Wednesday evenings starting at 5.30pm, adults are more than welcome at 7.30pm.
For any other information telephone One and All Judo Club on 07837 323375.
PRAA SANDS RESULTS.
Ed Leah and Dave Miners won the Men's Four Ball Better Ball at Praa Sands on Easter Sunday with 53 net. Mike Hatch and Michael Jacka were second with 57, Rob Gall and Andy Holmes third with 58 on countback from Lee McGarraghy and Ken McIlroy.
Winter Eclectic results: Winner, Simon Phillips (net 47.5); Best Gross, Gary Thomas (53); Best Front Nine, David Prowse (22.7); Best Back 9, Ed Leah (23.5).
On Saturday the Ladies held a Cornish v The Rest team matchplay competition, which resulted in a draw.
In Round One of the Pilcher Trophy (Stableford) on Good Friday Barry Knowles was first with 18 points. Andy Holmes was second with 17 and Alun Dixon was third with 16 on countback from Dave Miners and Simon Phillips respectively.
Next Saturday the Ladies play a Texas Scramble and the men will play a Stableford on Sunday.
Next week the Ladies play on Wednesday morning, the Ogres play on Wednesday afternoon, with Round Two of the Pilcher Trophy (Bogey Plus) on Friday for all playing members.
CHAMPAGNE MOMENT FOR MULLION STALWART BERYL:
Not only did Mullion Ladies hold a Stableford competition last week but they also celebrated a very special birthday of one of their members, Beryl Sibley.
She always turns up and plays regardless of the weather, and the ladies were delighted to wish her a very happy birthday and to toast her with a glass of champagne given by past captain Sally Markham.
The Stableford was played on a very cold March morning.
Results. Silver division: 1 Jill Simmons 32pts; 2 Pandora Geddes 27. Bronze division: 1 Jill Ross 28pts; 2 Anne Griffiths 25.
CLUB ENJOYS SUCCESSFUL TIME AT COUNTY GALA:
A squad of 32 swimmers from Carn Brea and Helston Swimming Club took part in the County Intermediate Gala at Penzance Leisure Centre.
This proved to be a particularly successful meet which resulted in 82 new personal best times and 28 medals awarded to members of the squad. Twelve-year-old Jacob Ibbetson's performance was especially notable as he gained four significant personal best times in his four events (a total of 27 seconds off his collective times) as well as earning himself two gold and two silver medals in the process.
Adam Long, 11, also knocked an amazing 26 seconds off the two events he had entered and gained himself a gold medal in each event.
Other medallists included 9yr old Harry Larkins, Morgan Larkins and Max Wilton, 10yr old Lewis King, 11yr olds Jade Exell and Guy Brooks, 13yr old Nell Savage, 14yr olds Kathryn Onley and Harley Mitchell, 15 yr old Orion Page and Dan Long and 16yr old Ben Kent.
The event provided a really positive boost for the swimmers who have worked so hard in their training leading up to this event.
Three days later the club held its own Sprint Gala, which was open to swimmers ages nine years and upwards whose first ranked club is Carn Brea and Helston.
A total of 92 swimmers took up this challenge. This event was all about speed with swimmers able to compete in 50m sprints in each of the four strokes, as well as a 100m Individual Medley event.
It produced an impressive number of personal best times and some very strong in-house competition, with swimmers able to pitch themselves against their training buddies.
Seven swimmers gained pbs in all five of their events – from the youngest swimmer in the gala; 8yr old Callum Jolly to one of the more experienced swimmers; 20 yr old Piran Saunders.
In addition the event resulted in 15 new club records.
Emma Kendall deserves a special mention for gaining a total of four new club records in the 11 year old girls' category, as she is continuing to go from strength to strength in what has already proven to be a very successful year for her.
Similarly Hannah Reid created three new club records and is setting the bar so high that she is generating records which will very hard for future swimmers to beat.
The following swimmers emerged as pentathlon winners within their age groups after scoring the highest number of fina points after the five individual events:
9yr olds Caja Rodda and Max Wilton, 10 yr olds Turaya Evans and Lewis King, 11yr olds Emma Kendall and Adam Long, 12 yr olds Steren Mottart and Steven Lewis, 13 yr olds Lauren Prouse and Oliver Hancock, 14 yr olds Hannah Reid and Jack Colwill, 15 yrs and over Sam Trestrail and Ed Cockerham.
The Sprint Gala proved to be fun yet helpful in moving the swimmers forward in their competitive careers.
However, a final thank you needs to go out to the army of officials and helpers who made holding an event such as this possible.
TIGHT AT TOP OF DIVISION 1:
With three games to go there is no change at the top of Division One of the West Cornwall Winter Pool League.
Wendron CC had a 6-3 win against Godolphin Club F and Helston RBL A had a 6-3 win against their D team so it remains just a two point difference at the top.
Lizard FC A had a 7-2 win over St Keverne Band Club to consolidate third spot while Constantine SC A came from 4-1 down to defeat Helston FC A 5-4. The Coach & Horses had a 6-3 win over the Rodney, wins coming from James Pawlyn, Will Pawlyn, Andy Jones and Jon Davey and the Atlantic Inn A team by the same score.
In Division Two, Godolphin Club B had a 6-3 win over their D team with singles wins from Bob Sanders, Dave Real, Bob Eustice, Kirk Nicholas and Jerry Varker and the Killigrew Inn had a good 7-2 win over Rileys A.
Helston RFC A trailed Helston RBL B 4-1 but then won four frames for a 5-4 victory and the Three Tuns beat Helston RFC C 5-4.
Division Three leaders Mullion FC were 3-1 down against neighbours Mounts Bay A but came back well to win 5-4.
Wins from Dave Steward, Wayne Rogers, James Talboys and Tara Rogers helped the Crown Inn to a 5-4 win over Lizard FC B while Lion & Lamb edged out Lizard FC C by the same score and the Queens Arms B team beat White Hart E 6-3.
The Five Pilchards remain leaders of Division Four after a 6-3 win over fellow promotion chasers Rodney Inn B, a good victory after losing the first two frames.
Paris B were 4-0 down against Rileys C but wins from Chris McCallum and Dave Kaye, and all three doubles games, resulting in victory, helped them to an unlikely 5-4 win.
The Seven Stars were 6-3 winners over the Queens Arms and the Atlantic Inn B team edged out Red Lion B 5-4.
The Team Knockout has reached the semi-final stages and Wendron CC will face the Lizard FC A team at Helston FC and White Hart B will play the St Keverne Band Club at Lizard FC.
Both games take place on Sunday, April 14, Start 8pm.
Three Tuns in Division Two are now playing all their home games at the White Hart.
There are a number of outstanding games which need to be played. Can they be played as soon as possible. If you are having trouble arranging a game contact the secretary.
SUCCESS FOR GREENBANK'S NEWLY-FORMED TEAM:
Conditions were challenging at the recent Head of the Plym where rowers in all boat classes from single sculls to eights raced over the 3500m time-trial course in two divisions.
Greenbank Rowing Club's newly-formed novice men's coxed four of Rich Braunton, Phil Farndon, Tim Wilkinson and Tom Worden achieved a convincing win in their category, coping well with the difficult conditions caused by the strong winds.
The crew, which included both junior and veteran rowers, have been training hard at the club's base at Stithians Lake and were delighted with their achievement at their first race together.
Greenbank's novice ladies four, another newly-formed crew, also competed for the first time at the Head and rowed well in the conditions but were unable to compare themselves against the other crews after the unfortunate disruption of their race by a passing ship,
The race experience was nevertheless valuable for the new crew.
Both crews are soon to compete again at the Bideford Head, over the slightly longer course of 4250m. Soon after that Greenbank crews will compete at the Head of the Dart – a gruelling 15,000m race on the picturesque river from Totnes to Dartmouth.
These races will offer good preparation for all rowers who are looking ahead to the West of England Amateur Rowing Association's regatta season which starts with Plymouth Regatta in June.
Greenbank's two new top novice crews have formed from an influx of new members following the Olympics – all inspired by the success of Penzance rower and gold-medallist Helen Glover, who visited the club last summer.
The club is particularly on the look-out for people who have coxed before or are interested in learning to cox – a vital job involving many skills needed to steer the boat efficiently and motivate the crew.
Anyone interested should visit www.greenbankfalmouth.org.uk