The annual and 37th Balfour Beatty London Youth Games has taken place with youngsters from Kingston bringing home no less than twelve medals. Five of which were gold, one silver and six bronze.
Gold was won in individual archery, backstroke swimming event, judo, boy’s squash and cross-country.
Silver was won in backstroke also.
Bronze medals were won in girls tag rugby, both boys and girls volleyball, girls squash, mixed badminton and rowing.
Kingston sent the athletes to the event as part of “Team Kingston” and they were sponsored by Places for People Leisure and Sport Kingston. One of 33 teams competing they ended up finishing 17th overall – compared to 2013 when they finished 23rd. The top spot was taken by Wandsworth.
The finals which took place at the National Sports Centre of Crystal Palace saw the presence of Kingston’s Deputy Mayor who went to cheer on the local team. Councillor Cathy Roberts was delighted with the team’s efforts and declared that they had indeed done the borough of Kingston very proud.
The Youth Games have been running for 33 years now and are open to all young Londoners. The Games aim to encourage and promote growth and development in young athletes and you never know, could help to produce rising stars of the athletics world. Their aim is that every child that attends a London borough school should have the opportunity to compete at the Youth Games.
If you would like to find out more about representing Kingston in the next Youth Games you can contact the team organiser on 020 8547 5006 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org