Surf Life Festival Set to be Inspiring Day at the Beach
Written by: Press Release
Submitted: 11 August 2009
People of all ages and abilities are invited to join Olympic Medallists and other top sportspeople to come along to the inspiring 'Free' Surf Life Festival organised by Surf Life Saving GB, in partnership with Team South West, at Tolcarne Beach, Newquay on 20 to 23 August.
The Surf Life Festival will give people the opportunity to challenge themselves in a wide range of exciting activities including Life Saving sport, beach volleyball, beach rugby and beach football.
The programme is centred around Life Saving Sport, a truly multi–disciplined sport with close ties to swimming, running, canoeing, surfing and power boating, and all based on the equipment and skill of Lifeguards. Life Saving Sport is a fantastic display and the ultimate test of speed and fitness for a Lifeguard – enabling them to respond quicker and to save lives.
Every day of the Surf Life Festival there will be the opportunity for visitors to the Festival to try a new challenge such as beach volleyball, rugby, football and even freerunning. Surf Life Saving GB is working with others such as the Cornwall Sports Partnership, Cornwall College, Plymouth Argyle Football Club, Perranporth Rugby Club, UK Parkour Association, and South West Volleyball to host an extensive and exciting range of sports for all. This is all made possible through a new partnership with Team South West, working together to deliver a community sporting event to involve and inspire everyone, both living and holidaying in the South West, to embrace the Olympic and Paralympic Values and spirit of the London 2012 Games.
In recognition of Surf Life Festival's commitment to actively encouraging sports participation and community engagement, the event has been recognised as part of the London 2012 Inspire programme and carries the Inspire mark. This coveted badge of excellence is awarded to exceptional and innovative projects which have been inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Olympic Medallist Cassie Patten is supporting Surf Life Saving GB and will be attending the Surf Life Festival to have a go. Cassie, from Plymouth, won a Bronze Medal in the 10K Open Water Swim at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and a Silver Medal in the World Open Water Championships in 2008. Cassie said 'Surf Life Saving gave me my first taste of swimming in the surf as an 8 year old 'Nipper' member of Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club, I would encourage all young people to get involved with their local club, it's a great way to understand the water and you never know it may lead you to achieving an Olympic medal!'
You don't have to be an Olympian to take part though – the Surf Life Festival offers something for everyone and if you prefer the slower pace, visit the cheer zone for fun kids' activities, enjoy the beach bar, bbq and cinema, or visit the Cornwall College Interactive Zone to try out Life Saving Sport – without getting wet!