Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

Pho­tos con­trib­uted

MEDAL HAUL: Hilling­don’s ath­let­ics squad at the Bal­four Beatty Lon­don Youth


SIL­VER STARS: Hilling­don’s Boc­cia


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