Cornwall Segway stared back in 2007 as part of the old Goonhilly Satellite Station Visitors Centre and before most people had even heard of Segways!! Some people had seen the early models on programmes like the gadget show or seen Segways at places like Epcot in America, but there was only a couple of places in the UK where you could ride them. Initially it was a convienient way for staff to get around the 160 acre site at Goonhilly, but it soon became apparent that everyone wanted to try them. A few i2 machines later and the Segway business was up and running. It proved so popular more Segways followed along with the introduction of the off road course.
The Goonhilly dishes were switched off in 2008 and the Visitors Centre closed shortly after. Steven Farnell decided to continue with the Segway operation, also branch out to Newquay and add further course, races and Segway challanges!
Since then tens of thousands of people have enjoyed riding the Segways, got the bug and return year after year. Some lucky ones have even bought their own Segway!!
Director. Brought Segways to Cornwall 6 years ago. Fiercely competitive and still the reigning champion of the end of season Segway Instructor Olympics Challenge, despite constant jibes about cheating from the others!!
Operations Manager. Champion cake maker and organiser of the crew. Usually behind the counter making coffee and chatting up customers, but occasionally seen on a Segway, but not often!
Assistant Manager. Aka 'Jenks' or 'Bunny' - resident maintenance man, our lead instructor at Newquay and 4 years riding the Segways. Closet Ping Pong champion. Built like a pencil, but has hidden strengths, so we're told!
Lead Instructor at Goonhilly. Aka 'Captain Slow'. 4 years riding the Segways. Most likely to say, 'I'm going to work on a cruise ship next year'.
Chris's much more intelligent brother, but absolutely hopeless at skipping?!
The baby of the group and 4th in a long line of Shainberg Segway Instructors. Apparently quite handy at football and back flips.
Our resident female Segway Instructor and 3 years riding the Segways. Finishing her degree at Harpers Collins and most likely to pick a fight with a taxi driver.
Segway Instructor, web developer and calming influence in the team. A local legend in road cycling circles, ex fell runner, ex triathlete, ex GB orienteer and much more.
Aka 'Tubs'. Currently studying Sports Science at Bath Uni, the funny man of the team and surprisingly athletic.
Missing in action - Susie 'stopwatch' King
Now concentrating on becoming a doctor specialising in Segway injuries (just kidding!). The most efficient human being on the planet.
Missing in action - Damien Anderton
Somewhere in Austrailia milking cows. Most likely to say, 'I'm never drinking again...'