Success for Merton at the London Youth Games

Merton brought home four more medals as this year’s Balfour Beatty London Youth Games completed with the finals weekend at Crystal Palace last weekend.

Teao Hughes won individual silver in Aquathlon and Athena Lewis-Gkogka won an individual Bronze in Gymnastics whilst the Badminton Team won the Team Bronze.

Athena has previously competed for Merton for a number of years at the Balfour Beatty LYG in a variety of sports including Diving, Swimming, Aquathlon and now, of course, a medal winner in Gymnastics.

Other youngsters that did particularly well, but just missed out on the medals were Madeline Sweet fourth in Diving and Joshua Clark-Bell who was fifth in the individual Judo competition. Earlier in the year St John Fisher won Gold in the school games Football event.

The Balfour Beatty London Youth Games is Europe’s largest annual youth sports event, and helps to keep children fit and enthusiastic being active.

Cabinet member for community and culture, Councillor Nick Draper said: “I want to congratulate all the young people from Merton who competed at the London Youth Games. Getting to the final demands tremendous dedication from our young people, as well as skill and prowess, and they should be proud. Thanks too to all the adults who organized, trained and supported them on the way, you make a huge difference and it’s really appreciated.”

On winning her Bronze Medal Athena said: “To win the bronze medal in the Girls Gymnastics Floor competition for Merton has been an amazing and unexpected achievement but one which certainly makes all the years of training worthwhile.”