Bor­ough takes gold in the weightlift­ing

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

HUN­DREDS of young­sters from Hilling­don did the bor­ough proud at Europe’s largest an­nual youth sports event.

Com­pet­ing at the Bal­four Beatty Lon­don Youth Games fi­nals, held at Crys­tal Palace, the young ath­letes shared weightlift­ing gold with Eal­ing and won sil­ver in the fe­male ta­ble ten­nis, fe­male football and net­ball.

The bor­ough also took bronze in the male ta­ble ten­nis.

Hilling­don’s su­perb weightlift­ing team was helped to first place by sib­lings Se and Sor­cha Gavin.

Both com­peti­tors lifted more than their own body­weight in the jerk, with Se lift­ing 135kg and Sor­cha lift­ing 64kg.

Team man­ager Kazem Pan­javi, who coached four bor­oughs at the games, in­clud­ing Hilling­don, said: “It’s al­ways very tight be­tween the teams. Two years ago we had the same re­sult, and last year was close as well.

“The stan­dard is get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter. Both Eal­ing and Hilling­don have na­tional record hold­ers at their level.

“Se Gavin and my son [Kian, for Eal­ing] are part of the na­tional team. They are go­ing to the Euro­pean cham­pi­onships next week.”

Fol­low­ing eight months of com­pe­ti­tions be­tween over 100,000 young Lon­don­ers rep­re­sent­ing 33 bor­oughs across 31 sports, the bor­ough placed sixth over­all in the Ju­bilee Tro­phy stand­ings.

Bri­tish 100m record holder Dina Asher-Smith and Rugby World Cup win­ner Mag­gie Alphonsi were among the for­mer Lon­don Youth Games com­peti­tors who at­tended the week­end, shar­ing the re­spon­si­bil­ity of light­ing the flame at the open­ing cer­e­mony. Around 15,000 young Lon­don­ers, aged eight to 18, com­peted at the fi­nals across 19 sports, fol­low­ing in the hal­lowed foot­steps of Olympic cham­pi­ons such as Mo Farah and Chris­tine Ohu­ruogu, Eng­land foot­ballers Rio Fer­di­nand and Ra­heem Ster­ling and one mil­lion oth­ers who have taken part since the first Lon­don Youth Games, in 1977.

To find out more about the com­pet­ing or volunteering at the Lon­don Youth Games, visit www. lon­dony­outhgames.org or fol­low @ld­ny­outhgames on Twit­ter.

CHAMPS: Sib­lings Sor­cha, left and Se, sec­ond left, Gavin took joint gold for Hilling­don in the weightli­fit­ing event at the Lon­don Youth Games Supplied

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