Saturday, 14 July 2012

Team Richmond triumph at the London Youth Games


Young athletes from Richmond upon Thames have scooped 10 team medals as well as numerous individual medals at this year’s London Youth Games.
With less than a month to go until the Olympic Games more than 50,000 youngsters from London’s 33 boroughs got into the Olympic spirit as they competed in over 50 events.
Team Richmond won gold medals in Cross Country, Rowing, Cycling and Girls Tag Rugby after seeing off tough competition throughout the competition. The finals at Crystal Palace last weekend also saw our groups of youngsters bring home silver medals for Aquathlon and Archery. Team Bronze medals were awarded in Tennis, Swimming, Netball and the girl’s Judo.
Cllr Gareth Elliott, Whitton Ward Councillor, said:
"Once again Richmond's Youth have proved that they are among the best in London. As the Olympics gets ever closer how wonderful is it to know that we are producing future Olympians here in the Borough of Richmond Upo Thames."
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Strategic Cabinet Member for Community, Business and Culture on Richmond Council, said:
“I am so proud of these young athletes for representing our borough so well, there was tough competition and showed great sportsmanship. Everyone who took part really enjoyed the experience and I’m so pleased they won so many medals, to come fourth out of 33 is a fantastic achievement.
“With all the excitement of the Olympics this summer, it is heartening to know it is having such a positive impact on so many youngsters.”
Over 400 young people aged 18 and under who live or go to school in the borough represented Team Richmond this year.
There was also success for the Mini-Games which are for primary age children. On 28 June at the finals at Crystal Palace they won a team gold medal in swimming and a bronze in the mixed football.