Fair reward for Merton

Not content with winning gold in the boys’ squash event and silver in the girls’ cricket tournament at this year’s 2006 London Youth Games, Merton also brought home the Ric Grice Fair Play Award.

The boys’ squash team, defeated Enfield in an exciting final at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre last weekend. Taking part was Andrew Bellringer, 15, from Kings College, Ben Gregson, 17, from Wimbledon College and Peter Winzeler, 16, from Kings College. In charge of managing the team were Philip Rushworth and Claire Baker from Wimbledon Racquets and Fitness Club.

Our silver medal was awarded for the under 14’s girls’ cricket team magnificent performance in May at Lords Cricket Ground, where they played Redbridge in a nail biting final. The team was captained by Taylor Torr and included her sister Malory, Priyanka Kanani, Beth Kerins, Roberta McAllister along with sisters Claudia and Edie-Kelly.

Overall, Merton came 24th in this year’s London Youth Games out of 33 London boroughs and competed in 29 sporting categories. Other encouraging performances came from by the boys’ hockey team, who came 8th, the boys’ gymnastics floor and vault team, who came 5th and the boys’ moderate learning difficulties football team from Cricket Green School in Mitcham, who came 7th.

Councillor Maurice Groves, cabinet member for Community Services said:

“I would like to pass on my congratulations to all of Merton’s participants at this year’s London Youth Games. This is a fantastic opportunity to get a flavour of the sporting talent that we possess in Merton and I believe that we have a lot to look forward to, judging by the team and individual performances that we witnessed.

“I must also praise our Leisure Development Team, who play such an integral role in organising the games. The partnership approach they adopt with the organisers and the schools is another essential reason why the London Youth Games are so successful.”

Not to forget the Mini Games, Merton entered teams in all 8 categories, which included, boccia, basketball, football, hockey, high five netball, sports hall athletics, swimming and Tag rugby. Mathias Cleiment from Bishop Gilpin School claimed the silver medal for his heroic effort in the individual 50-metre breaststroke final.

For more information on the London Youth Games please visit http://www.londonyouthgames.org