GB Juniors Hope to fly the flag in Nicaragua
With only a week to go now until the British Junior team leave for Nicaragua to compete in the ISA World Junior Surfing Games. On Saturday 25th May the team congregated at Baggy Lodge, Croyde for their final team briefing before departure. The team have been extremely busy over the last few weeks, not only surfing and training for the event, but holding numerous fundraising activities to raise money to fund the trip. The final push for the fundraising effort cumulated in an open air music festival ‘Crowstock’, to be held at Crowborough Farm, once the team meeting was complete.
Calyso Soft Drinks have been fantastic in supporting the British Junior squad throughout their winter training programme, as well as providing the team kit. The team were presented with their GB polo shirts, which they will wear during their time in Nicaragua. As well as the shirts, the team have been lucky to receive additional sponsorship from Robie Robes, who have provided everyone with Team GB branded Robies, to make changing on the beach much easier in Nicaragua. Surfing GB would like to thank Calypso and Robies for their continued support for British junior surfing.
Since the completion of the winter training and team selection, some of the teams final preparations have been hampered by injuries. Harry De Roth suffered a badly sprained ankle surfing in France and Max Payne unfortunately broke his wrist. Both surfers have handled the injuries fantastically and have kept their focus throughout their rehabilitation. They are both recovering well and will make full recoveries in time to surf in the contest when it starts on June 8th. However, due to the situation, Surfing GB took the decision to add an additional surfer to the team. Liam Murray Strout is the lucky surfer who will now be traveling to Nicaragau with the team as a reserve. Liam is one of the youngest surfers in the team and one of Britain’s most promising young stars. He will be gaining experience of the world games and the pressure cooker environment that an international competition at this level creates. Everyone in the team is stoked to have Liam involved.
The team get Robie-robed right up
While at the games, team spirit and camaraderie within the group can go a long way to helping increase performance and making the experience within camp much more enjoyable. Along with the coaching staff, senior members of the squad will be asked to help organize the team and keep everyone focused and happy. This year the team captain will be Miles Lee Hargreaves, who competing in his fourth world games has the most experience to draw on, to help lead the team at the event. Miles will be assisted in his duties by Paddy Daniel as vice captain and Ellen Harding as female captain.
Assisting Lloyd Cole as head coach will be Gwen Spurlock. Also from South Wales, Gwen has competed at 3 world games as a junior and is still competing in contests. Gwen’s experience and knowledge will make her a fantastic addition to the coaching team and will do a great job assisting Lloyd on the beach in Nicaragua.
To keep up to date with the teams progress leading up to the games commencing, go to www.surfinggb.com to read our ‘Notes from Nicaragua’ blog. You will also be able to follow Surfing GB on all forms of social media to get up to date reports on Team GB’s progress. For live webcasts of the competition once the contest commences on June 8th log on to www.isasurf.org
On behalf of all the team I would like to thank everyone who has been involved with getting the team to this stage. There is a long list of people who have given their time and a lot of hard work to get us to this point. Without all the parents, friends and sponsors pulling together it would not have been possible to get the team to the stage we are at now. All that is left to do now is to get to the games safely and compete.
Watch this space……
John Ellis,Team Manager
Gwen Spurlock, Lloyd Cole and John Ellis
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