Students nail competition with racing and WW1 themes

Fingers crossed for finals call up.

Using their incredible talent and creative skills, two students from Cornwall have won gold and bronze medals at a regional WorldSkills competition in Walsall.

Truro and Penwith College students Helen Catherall from St Austell and Jordan Bromley from St Ives, took part in the Advanced Nail Art category, which required competitors to create spectacular nails with sport as the central theme.

Life models were used and, although nail students, the competition required competitors to produce an overall look.

Work was judged on the models complete look as well as health and safety and working practices and cleanliness.

In addition to this, students had to produce a ‘mood book’ giving judges a step-by-step background of their story and revealing where their inspiration came from.

“But to stand out our students didn’t submit a book, they got more creative,” explained College Beauty Therapy and Nail Services Lecturer Sarah Brenton.

“Jordan remembered her history and themed her work on the World War 1, 1914 Christmas Day Truce, where a football match was played between the British and German soldiers.  She used an old musicians box from her boyfriend’s grandfather’s shed, which she then filled with notes, designed to look like First World War love letters. Her nail designs incorporated poppies in line with this theme.”

Jordan’s model was presented lying in a trench that had been made from a spray tan tent covered in camouflage, a spectacular effort that saw her win the event.

“Helen’s theme was Ascot Ladies Day, focusing on the idea of best dressed lady/fashion element rather than horse racing,” Sarah explained.

“The model was sat on straw bales to tie in with a stable theme and her mood book was presented on helium balloons – each balloon had real tickets from Ascot that Helen had sourced with the step by step background written on them – Helen was blowing up balloons from 5am, but it was worth it as she won the Bronze medal.”

Judges will now select the best ten students from all three heats and invite them to compete at the World Skills UK final at the Birmingham NEC in November, where the theme will be the Olympics.

Truro and Penwith College has competed at WorldSkills for the past seven years and placed at each competition.

Past finalist from the College have included Sophie Gallaway from Falmouth who achieved a Gold before opening her own salon, Sophie’s Nails.

For anyone interested in Nail Services, Truro and Penwith College provides a number of Part-time Courses, including a VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Nail Treatments and a VRQ Level 2 Certificate in Nail Technology.

For more information, contact the College on 01872 267000 or