Thirty two students from Truro and Penwith College flew the Cornish flag as they travelled up to the University of Nottingham to help the South West bring home silver after battling against the top students from colleges across England, Wales and Ireland.
Truro College’s cricket team won gold in the indoor event with 100% clean sheet for the entirety of the weekend while the College’s rugby 7s squad gained silver in an extremely tight tournament, with the results going down to the last game.
As well as individual glory, teams were aiming to accumulate points and retain the prestigious Wilkinson Sword trophy for the South West. However, the South East became the winners of the trophy, wrestling the title off local rivals the South West in a highly competitive weekend.
Along with a fantastic display from Truro and Penwith College students, the College also received National recognition for Julie Penprase as the former Truro College sports deputy and current Callywith College lecturer was inducted into the AOC Hall of Fame for services to AOC.
Continuing the College’s successful three days at the championships, current Sports Science student Duncan Covey was also recognised on a National scale by being awarded Inspirational Student Volunteer of the Year – well-deserved with all of his help with the College’s Badminton Academy.
Emily Lord, Sport Academies Coordinator at the College, was thrilled with the outcome of the championships and the College’s continued involvement, saying: “The AOC National Championships are a brilliant opportunity to perform on a National scale, with students having the opportunity to travel on mass as a South West team. Truro and Penwith College is always a key member of the South West make up due to our sporting excellence and ability to perform highly in a number of sports."
This year our students continued to demonstrate passion and skill in their sports, with a great time being had by all.