London Youth Games success for Merton youngsters

Merton’s boys’ squash team and the mixed badminton team beat off competition from 32 other London boroughs, winning silver in the London Youth Games this month.

Strong wins earlier in the tournament qualified the boys’ squash team for a place in the finals on the 15 June, when, up against Enfield, they won a coveted silver medal.

Having qualified for a place in the finals, Merton’s mixed badminton team beat Haringey rivals in the singles matches. Narrowly losing the doubles still secured them the excellent result of silver.

Merton Council Cabinet Member for Community Services, Maurice Groves, said: ‘It’s a great achievement for all the youngsters to be involved in the London Youth Games. Sport is such a great way not only to get fit, but also to make friends and gain a sense of achieving a goal through hard work. I’m really proud of Merton’s youngsters, who have done so well to win their silver medals. Who knows, we may have a future Olympic athlete in our midst.’

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Notes to editors
The first London Youth Games was held in 1977 as part of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations. The Games provides competitive sporting opportunities for young Londoners representing the London borough they live or are educated in. Every year over 20,000 youngsters compete in over 30 different sports competitions.