YOUNGSTERS WIN HOST OF MEDALS
HILLINGDON youngsters were in sparkling form at Europe’s largest annual youth sports event, winning medals across four different sports.
The borough was represented by Whiteheath Junior, Newnham Junior and St Helens schools at the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games part of the School Games competition, which saw around 2,500 young people from across London competing at the spring finals at the National Sports Centre, in Crystal Palace.
The two-day event, featuring eight sports, was the climax of the school season of competitions which has seen an estimated 50,000 young Londoners take part.
Hillingdon won bronze medals in the Year 5/6 sportshall athletics thanks to the efforts of Whiteheath Junior and in the KS3 female badminton, thanks to St Helens.
Natalie Barton, St Helens team manager, said: “It’s been good for them to come here and see the standard they need to be at to be invested in the sport. I think the girls feel pleased they came third.”
A day later there were medals in the mini-boccia and the Year 5/6 netball hi-5 competitions.
In the netball, Newnham Junior displayed impressive form but were edged out in the semi-finals by eventual champions Newlands House, from Richmond, 3-2 with Newnham finishing in bronze medal position.
The Hillingdon mini-boccia team finished with a silver medal in a close-fought competition, with Havering taking gold.
Team manager Lorraine Veck, was pleased with the way her team had competed and said: “I always come for them to enjoy themselves and I like the new way of doing things where we don’t interfere, so it’s just the children doing it all day. Previously we were down the side of the line encouraging them. Now we’re behind them, we’ve got no input at all in the match, which is good because now it’s just the children that do it.”
The London Youth Games is Europe’s largest annual youth sports event and is driving the legacy for increased participation in competitive sport and volunteering for young Londoners.
A record 126,897 young Londoners took part in the record-breaking 2014 Balfour Beatty London Youth Games, taking the event to more than 1 million participants since it was launched in 1977.
To find out more about competing in, or volunteering at, the London Youth Games, visit www. londonyouthgames.org or follow @ldnyouthgames on Twitter.
MEDAL HAUL: Hillingdon’s athletics squad at the Balfour Beatty London Youth
SILVER STARS: Hillingdon’s Boccia