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Women’s Six Nations: Ex-rower Rowe throws oar in with Wales

Rebecca Rowe was destined to represent Great Britain in rowing at the 2008 Beijing Games before a persistent back injury shattered her Olympic aspirations.

“I was in constant pain. I couldn’t do any day-to-day things – even getting out of bed was hell,” she told BBC Sport.

Rowe had won a Commonwealth Games silver medal for Wales in 2006 as well as European Championship bronze for Great Britain a year later but her rowing career was cut short when bulging discs in her spine were diagnosed.

“It was utter disappointment. I feel that I never really reached my potential in the sport. I’d only been doing it for five years, which isn’t that long compared to others. I was devastated at the time,” she said.

“Not making the Olympics in rowing was hard – that had always been my dream.”

Rowe had always been a top athlete, winning world titles in surf life saving and swimming for Wales before switching to rowing.

Her medical condition meant a total rest from sport for six months. She recovered but was unable to row again.

Rowe wanted to stay fit but after years of being involved in high-level sport the gym and running just didn’t cut it. She started looking for a new challenge and found rugby.

Read more here on BBC sport

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Training for surfers, lifesavers and triathletes

Is you child is between the ages of 8 to 14 and into swimming, surfing, surf life saving or triathlons?

Would they benefit from swimming, surfing, SLS and triathlon coaching,  guidance, advise and training tips.


Nick Thorn – 9 x British, 3 x European Surf Iron Man and Open water swimmer.  Masters surf coach, National Trainer Assessor and CRB checked.  For more information on Nick Please look through his blog –

Mike Cully – Triathlon Specialist and Great Britain competitor in 1983 86 and 93 respectively.  Long distance swimmer, 2 x Iron Man competitor, with 1st and 2nd results in his age group. British Triathlon Association coaching and CRB checked.

With this depth of experience and knowledge this is an opportunity not to miss.

On Tuesday the 3rd and Friday the 6th at Ilfracombe Pool for 8 weeks Mike and Nick will be offering limited places for children who are into Swimming, Surfing, Lifesaving and Triathlon specific coaching techniques, programmes and guidance for each individual for the fast approaching season coming up.

The price is £55 for 8 sessions – Please call Nick on 07725860373 for more information.

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Commonwealth games

Has to be one of the greatest events on earth watching the Commonwealth Games.  Here is a picture my mate Milky took of the girls triathlon and Stimpson who went on to win the event.  Would be so good to have been able to go and watch the event and be part of this amazing games.  Swimming on tonight and a friend from Cornwall is competing so should be a good a good watch.

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Limpets Lifesaving

Lifesaving for kids is such a great start in life for kids.  Matts is in the Limpets and just loves being in the water.  Almost to the point where its hard to get her out the water after the session.

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ISA World Paddleboard Champs

In a few hours Jordie will be paddling the long course at the ISA World Paddleboard Champs for #teamaus#teamjm Looking for back to back Golds.
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Josh Surridge Takes out The Taw Tripple

The start of the Surf Life Saving Season has begun. The Taw Triple in Barnstaple is always a good start for this season kicking off.  With a wide range of competitors taking park individually and in teams.  The conditions were less then prefect with a strong South Easterly wind made the conditions tricky.  But the competitors managed to take out a good race.  So congratulations Josh Surridge for your individual win.

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London Marathon Weekend

Now I could think of anything more painful then doing a marathon but I know a man who can. Follow our Joey Jordan as he does the London Marathon and see how well he does.

Here is his blog and more on his race preparation: Joey Jordan

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King Ky claims his 10th crown

Ky Hurst, the king of Australian Surf swimming, defied age, conditions and a hot field of rivals to win a record 10thopen surf race title at he Australian Surf Life Saving Championships at Scarborough, WA, today.

The 33-year-old from Kurrawa timed his finish perfectly to outsprint longtime rivals Shannon Eckstein(Northcliffe) and Nathan Smith (Manly) in an exciting finish.

What a true legend and had the privilege of watching him race, training and racing against him. Inspiring and awesome…!

More on this article read here:

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25 Years Long service award

Here is my certificate from the weekends awards ceremony.  Its a bit scary to think I have been in Lifesaving for 25 years.

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Hero’s of the surf

Would like to say thank you to SLSGB for the Hero of the surf award. The award was for 25 years Surf Lifesaving competing and service the SLSGB.  By all accounts it sounds like a cracking night and every one had plenty of ales to celebrate.

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