College student named for Panama surfing competition
TRURO & PENWITH COLLEGE
Truro College student and current British and UK tour champion in the under-18 division, Tassy Swallow, is amongst the rising stars of British surfing named in the Great Britain team for the DaKine ISA 2012 World Junior Surfing Games at Playa Venao in Panama in April. O’Neill Europe team rider Tassy is the most experienced member of the team, having made her Great Britain debut in France in 2008, and Panama will be her fifth consecutive appearance on the world stage. Tassy narrowly missed going through to the last 16 in Peru last year, and as it is her last year as a junior, she is determined to finish on a high, by improving on her previous best placing. Her preparation has included a month in South Africa training with 2011 World junior number two Bianca Buitendag, and she is currently in Barbados with top British coach Russ Winter and other members of the British team.
How does she manage to balance her studies with a career as a professional surfer?
“It felt that Truro College took my ambition to be a professional surfer as a serious vocational option right from the start, and looked for ways of making it work, rather than saying it couldn’t be done” explains Tassy. “They don’t let me cut any corners, and I have to work really hard to get ahead of myself when I’m here, but when I’m away I can communicate with my tutors and submit assignments online from wherever I am in the world.”
Tassy has the determination and focus to succeed both in her sporting career and in her studies, in fact the experience she has gained as a professional surfer has increased her interest in the academic side of sport. She has now applied to Bath University to take a BSc in Sports Performance.
Surfing is not yet an Olympic sport, but there are hopes that it will be included as an exhibition sport in Brazil in 2016. Meanwhile, Tassy has a part to play in London 2012, as one of those selected as a torch bearer for the Olympic flame on its journey through Cornwall.
Photo: Tassy Swallow