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SURF LIFE FESTIVAL SET TO BE INSPIRING DAY AT THE BEACH

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20 Aug 2009

People of all ages and abilities are invited to join Olympic Medallist Cassie Patten and other top sportspeople to come along to the inspiring ‘Free’ Surf Life Festival organised by Surf Life Saving GB, in partnership with Team South West, at Tolcarne Beach, Newquay from today (20th August) until Sunday (23 August).

The Surf Life Festival will give people the opportunity to challenge themselves in a wide range of exciting activities including Life Saving sport, beach volleyball, beach rugby and beach football.

The programme is centred around Life Saving Sport, a truly multi-disciplined sport with close ties to swimming, running, canoeing, surfing and power boating, and all based on the equipment and skill of Lifeguards. Life Saving Sport is a fantastic display and the ultimate test of speed and fitness for a Lifeguard – enabling them to respond quicker and to save lives.

Olympic Medallist Cassie Patten is supporting Surf Life Saving GB and will be attending the Surf Life Festival to have a go. Cassie, from Plymouth, won a Bronze Medal in the 10km Open Water Swim at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and a Silver Medal in the World Open Water Championships in 2008.

Patten said: “Surf Life Saving gave me my first taste of swimming in the surf as an 8 year old 'Nipper' member of Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club, I would encourage all young people to get involved with their local club, it’s a great way to understand the water and you never know it may lead you to achieving an Olympic medal!”

Every day of the Surf Life Festival there will be the opportunity for visitors to the Festival to try a new challenge such as beach volleyball, rugby, football and even freerunning. Surf Life Saving GB is working with others such as the Cornwall Sports Partnership, Cornwall College, Plymouth Argyle Football Club, Perranporth Rugby Club, UK Parkour Association, and South West Volleyball to host an extensive and exciting range of sports for all.

This is all made possible through a new partnership with Team South West, working together to deliver a community sporting event to involve and inspire everyone, both living and holidaying in the South West, to embrace the Olympic and Paralympic Values and spirit of the London 2012 Games.

In recognition of Surf Life Festival’s commitment to actively encouraging sports participation and community engagement, the event has been recognised as part of the London 2012 Inspire programme and carries the Inspire mark. This coveted badge of excellence is Surf Life Festival set to be inspiring day at the Beach awarded to exceptional and innovative projects which have been inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Notes to editors

About Surf Life Saving: Surf Life Saving GB is the leading charity of volunteer beach lifesavers building healthier, safer communities. Our 5,000 members, aged 7-70+ come together and give their time freely, in our 70, Life Saving Clubs to develop their Life Saving Skills and to compete in Life

Saving Sport.
• Surf Life Saving GB is a charity of over 5,000 volunteers dedicated to saving lives on our beaches and coastal waters since 1955
• Life Saving Sport is a display of the skills developed and used in life saving rescues
• Lifesavers who participate in sport are fitter and have increased skill levels, making them better equipped to deal with emergency situations
• Life Saving Sport is a multi-disciplined, multi-event competition with close ties to swimming, athletics, kayaking, rowing, surfing and power boating

For more information or photos please telephone Esther Pearson, Fundraising &

Communications Manager on 07786 330242 or visit www.surflifesaving.org.uk.

About Team South West: Team South West is the innovative, responsive, regional partnership led by Guy Lavender, South West England Director for the 2012 Games, to maximise the business, sporting, cultural and social opportunities of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to deliver a lasting and discernible legacy for the South West.

For further media information about Team South West:

Richard Cook or Sam Purnell – Bray Leino
T: 0117 973 1173
E: rcook@brayleino.co.uk / spurnell@brayleino.co.uk

About the Inspire programme: The Inspire programme is run by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. It is an opportunity for everyone to be a part of the London 2012 Games – a broad participation programme spanning sport participation, education, sustainability, volunteering, and business opportunities & skills. New opportunities are being created to inspire young people and encourage the whole of the UK to join in.

About London 2012: The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are delivered by two key organisations – the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) and the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).
LOCOG is responsible for staging a memorable Games in 2012. They will deliver the best possible Olympic and Paralympic Games experience for everyone involved, enabling a lasting legacy and inspiring people to join in.
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is the public body responsible for developing and building the new venues and infrastructure for the Games and converting the Olympic Park for long-term use after the Games.

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The IoS delivers the ASA’s courses and is a member organisation. Whether you are a teacher, coach, employer or club you will find everything you need to know about qualifications or educating your workforce.

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