On the weekend of the 13th and 14th July, the 26th annual London Heathrow Youth Games finals took place at Crystal palace National Sports Centre, where over 20,000 young people took part in Europe’s Largest Sports Competition, involving all 33 London Boroughs.
The weekend was the culmination of a year long programme of sports activities and events for both able-bodied and disabled young people.
Merton’s continued success in water sports, with sailing finishing in 3rd place and picking a team bronze medal, 6th place for rowing, and 8th place in paddle sport, including bronze medals for the Bell boat team, gave Merton overall 3rd place in the Regatta Trophy.
Merton’s Karate team picked up Silver (Michael King) and 2 Bronze (Nicola Chamerette and Hannah Cleevely) medals giving them overall team positions of 8th (Female) and 12th (Male)
Other teams recording a top ten place were Show jumping (4th), Rugby-Male (5th) Archery (6th), Hockey-Female (8th), Football-Female (9th), Cricket-Male (9th), Badminton (10th).
Other individual medals were won in Archery, Emily Stitch – Bronze; Disability Athletics, Emma Devine – Gold, Juan Sanchez – Gold, William Amuh – Bronze, Leanne VanStuart – Bronze; Sailing Louie McVeigh – Gold, Oscar McVeigh – Gold, Alexander Holloway – Bronze, Emily Tann – Bronze; Swimming, Jamie Watkiss – Bronze.
Overall Merton finished in 24th place, improving on last year by one place.
To find out more about the games contact Leisure Development on 020 8545 3652 or visit our website http://www.merton.gov.uk/youthgames/index.asp