Young athletes scoop top medals for Merton

Merton’s young sportsmen and women are busy putting the borough in a leading position as they scoop success in the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games.

Earlier this month students from St Ann’s School in Bordesley Road, Morden, won the gold in Boccia – a sport designed specifically for disabled athletes – propelling Merton to the top of the overall London Youth Games leader board. Mohtsim Ur-Rehman, from the team, has been nominated to go to a County Athlete Assessment & Development Centre (CAADC) day in September for talented athletes.

Merton’s young cricket teams have also helped improve the borough’s position with the girls’ team winning joint bronze and the boys being placed 9th out of all 33 London boroughs taking part.

Merton student Jamal Petgrave won the individual gold for his Judo skills while Carl Filby scooped the individual bronze in Karate leaving the borough 14th overall in the competition.

Every year Merton Council looks for secondary school pupils who either live in or go to school in the borough to represent Merton in the annual youth games. Team training and selections take place during the first half of the year and final squads take shape for preliminary competitions in June

Merton Council’s cabinet member for environment and leisure services Councillor David Simpson said: “This is a fantastic start to the London Youth Games and I am absolutely delighted with how well Merton’s young athletes are doing.

“The council is committed to making sure that young people have access to a wide range of sporting opportunities. It is great to see them making the most of these opportunities through all of their hard work and training.”