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Life's A Beach for Staff at End of Term Games
More than a hundred staff from Cornwall College donned t-shirts, shorts and raincoats on Friday (13th July) for what was expected to be a wet day at the College's annual staff beach games.
But their efforts were rewarded when the sun put in an appearance late morning and shone for the rest of the event.
Raincoats came off and sunglasses went on at Tolcarne Beach in Newquay as staff from all seven county campuses in Camborne, Newquay, St Austell, Saltash, Duchy College Stoke Climsland, Rosewarne and Falmouth Marine School competed in football and volleyball tournaments, a beach run and sea swim relay, a tug o war and a sand sculpture competition.
Spirits were high and sportsmanship was shown as those with more people in their teams than others loaned members to the smaller teams – vital for the day’s climax, the tug o war.
After hours of competition Camborne’s Brunel Tigers were crowned winners, taking away individual medals and a trophy. The team, made up of technology lecturers and staff from the Brunel Skills Centre, have taken part over the last few years but this was their first triumph.
Brunel Tigers’ team captain and plumbing course manager Jem Stevens said: “It was obviously great to win but we all just enjoyed being on the beach taking part in so many events with colleagues. It was a really good team building day and a good chance to get out of the office.”
In second place was the Merlin Wizards, made up of the corporate services team from St Austell, and Team Cornwall College Business from various sites took third.
Not only did the Brunel Tigers walk away with the winning trophy, they also won the sand sculpture competition for their fantastic dragon, demonstrating the Technology faculty’s multi-skilled approach.
Russell Lawrance, Director of Sport at Cornwall College, said: “This is the fifth time we’ve held this event in as many years and despite a lower turnout that usual because of what was predicted to be bad weather and a quick change to some of the competitions to ensure the water events were safe everybody battled on regardless and had a fantastic day. The sports team who organised this are to be commended for putting so much effort into making the day so enjoyable for all who took part. This year’s event is all the more significant with the start of the Olympics just around the corner.”
Students also competed in their version of the beach games in May where events were tied in with the Olympic torch relay through Cornwall.