College’s Elite athletes compete on national scale

Truro and Penwith College supports a wide range of sports with its academies, which includes the all-encompassing Elite Academy that supports students who compete at a county or regional level. Over the past few months, the academy’s students have been competing in various national competitions and events. From rugby to running, the Elite Academy students have done Cornwall very proud.

Local student joins National Paralympics Academy

Inspiring others to pursue their favourite sport, Access Inclusive Learning student Sam Jose has been offered a place by British Athletics on The Paralympic Development Academy, which includes travelling to London for training sessions with his coach.

This incredible offer came after Sam displayed early potential in events such as high jump, 400m and 200m. Sam is now receiving technical training in London for Paralympic event long jump, for which he is currently ranked first U18 in the UK and fifth overall for long jump as a T/F20 athlete.

Sam competes as a T/F20 athlete (intellectual impairment) and is up against athletes within the same classification across the UK.

Sam is currently enrolled in the Elite Academy at Truro College, where he receives tailored training to help with his events.

Sam’s mum Helen is thrilled with the Academy offer, saying: “We are thrilled he has been selected as places are limited. We hope this inspires others to have a go!”

“Sam spent years watching his older brother and sister train and compete in athletics and only after much persuasion did he try The Saturday Athletic Club in 2015. At this point his running was more like skipping with a few jumps in between his strides! He soon found friends, confidence and a smile and also found he could! 2017 was his first athletic season and he was very successful, gaining gold medals at National events. He continued to improve his performances in 2018, achieving personal bests in all his events.”

Sam’s 2019 season is going well with personal bests in all of his events so far. This streak is set to continue as the British Athletics are currently processing his international licence.


Athletes bring home medals from National championships

A group of athletes from Truro College recently took part two national AOC competitions, the AOC National Championships and the AOC Athletics Nationals.

Sam Goodchild and Matt Railton competed in the national cross country event at the AOC National Championships, coming second and 24th respectively.  They also attended the AOC National Athletic Championships in Bristol with Sam placing second in the 1500m.  Matthew was on form securing first in 1500m, 2nd in 800m and 3rd in 400m. Sam Owen was the only female competitor for the college with a fourth place in 100m. 

Abu Gupta claimed fourth place at the AOC Athletics Nationals in Bristol while Ritchie Bayne achieved second and third place in shotput and javelin.

“It was really good getting your name out there a little bit. It was a great experience going up there and seeing what all the other sports are like in comparison to our own. You feel really proud representing the College,” said Sam.

Sam also travelled to Italy to represent England in the European Road Race.

“I finished in 15th place, which I was really happy with. Our team came third overall and it was a great experience out there. It was my first time representing England and hopefully not the last,” said Sam.


Public Services student swaps berets for caps in England v Ireland tour

Playing in the Rugby Academy at Truro College alongside his Public Services Diploma, Ethan Pearce-Cowley has been working towards playing for England from the get-go.

The call up to represent England in the two-match Ireland Tour was a complete shock to Ethan, who said: “Being selected was amazing. It’s the top of what you aim for and it finally came true. I had no idea if I would make it, you just never know what the coaches are looking for.”

The tour itself was an amazing experience for Ethan, who helped his squad secure a victory after they lost their first game against the Irish players.

“It was a great experience. When you’re over there, for a whole week all you think about is rugby. In training you focus on what we can do better, what we did today and what we can do tomorrow to make sure this doesn’t happen in the game. It’s all one big learning curve from the first training session to the minute you step onto the pitch for a match.”


Big excitement for Mini Marathon runner

A Level student Louise Mitchell was recently given the opportunity to compete nationally when she was selected to represent the South West in the U17 Women group of the London Mini Marathon.

Amongst a team of six, Louise was selected after competing in various cross country races within the region, leading to her competing against some of the best runners in the country in the mini marathon.  

“It was really great to be selected,” said Louise. “And it was really great meeting other athletes from the area, which was as far up as Gloucestershire. It was a really good experience with the atmosphere on the day and felt amazing representing Cornwall and the South West.”

Not only did Louise walk away with memories of the fantastic experience, but her team managed to claim fourth place on the day, a very impressive feat indeed.