Young lifesavers from Falmouth came home from a European competition with a slew of gold medals.

The youngsters from Gyllyngvase Surf Lifesaving Club competed at the European Surf Life Saving Championships in Riccione, Italy at both the inter-club and national levels.

Rosie Bolton, Thomas Trebilcock and Euan Dungavel were selected to represent Great Britain and did their country proud.

Rosie won gold in the board rescue and beach relay and silver in the board race; Thomas swam the swim of his life to win gold in the individual race, bagging another gold for the taplin and a bronze in the tube rescue.

Falmouth Packet:

Left to right: Euan Dungavel, Rosie Bolton and Thomas Trebilcock

Euan, competing in the open for the first time won a bronze in the individual surf ski race and gold for his ski leg in the taplin.

At the inter-club level, a junior team of nine athletes from Gyllyngvase SLS Club with coach Matt Trebilcock and support team, returned with a prestigious second place overall trophy.

The team of five boys and four girls were only 25 points behind the leaders out of thirty teams that entered – a fantastic achievement all round with ten individual medals and eight relay team medals won.

Beach coach Mark Norton said: "The results are amazing, but the mementos will last forever for them.

"They have made new friends from all around Europe in an environment of amazingly fierce competition - but finished off with a handshake and sometimes even a hug."