Monday, 30 July 2012

Olympic Games. Cornwall Competitors. Cornish Sculptures for equestrian events by Reece Ingram. .Cornish Flag.

UPDATE ON CORNWALL'S OLYMPIC COMPETITORS

SAILING - Finn Class

Ben Ainslie made a good start yesterday in Weymouth, coming second in both his races to redbeard Jonas Hogh-Cristensen from Denmark.
It is possible to watch all the sailing on the BBC sports myriad channels, and it is a good spectator sport. It is lovely to hear the swish of the water and to see the tactics used to gain the best wind.
Ben initially complained about the signage of the buoys, but clearly knew his way round the course by the time of his events.There are nine more races to come before Sunday's race for the medals.

ROWING  - Coxless Pairs

Helen Glover, from Cornwall, and co-rower Heather Stannard are hot favourites to win gold in the coxless pairs, after their new Olympic record in 6 min 57.29 seconds in the opening heat. Stannard is a captain in the Royal Artillery. The girls have a chance of being the first ever female Olympic champions.

ROWING  - The Women's Eight

The women's eight, which includes Truronian Annabel Vernon,  came a rather poor third in their heat, qualifying for the repechage tomorrow. This gives another chance to competitors who failed to meet qualifying standards by a small margin to continue to the next round.

FENCING

Men's Individual Sabre

Truronian James Honeybone lost out yesterday, but is already planning Rio 2016. At 21, he was one of the youngest fencers at the London Olympics, and can only gain from the experience. He said he was gutted.

St Piran's Flag

The Cornish flag of St. Piran will not be flown at Olympic events, according to the rules, which dictate that only flags from participating countries can be flown. Rules are made to be broken! Watch out for our flag.


SHEEP SCULPTURES FROM CORNWALL

Reece Ingram, from Feock, carved seven legless, life-sized sheep to graze by the fence of the Equestrian Centre in Greenwich Park.He made them out of oak in his Devoran workshop.
They were commissioned by Land Use Consultants (LUC), as part of the legacy of the Olympics. After the Olympics, the sheep will go to a playground in Greenwich Park.
Reece's work can also be seen down here at the Eden Project.


The sheep are to the left of the Playground Fence designed by Sue Benson.

Reece was formerly a taxidermist, but that's another story.