Wandsworth claims historic London Youth Games title

Published: 9 July 2013

Andy Murray’s Wimbledon triumph has grabbed all the headlines – but his was not the only sporting success last weekend.

After a hard-fought year of competition involving a variety of different sports, Wandsworth was crowned overall winner of the 2013 London Youth Games.

It is the first time in the event's 36 year history that the borough's team of young people aged between seven and 18 have been crowned champions - and the title was richly deserved after narrow second place finishes in 2011 and 2012.

Wandsworth started the 2013 season back in November with gold in the girls cross country, and this was followed later in the year by gold medal-winning performances by the boys Judo and rowing teams.

At the finals weekend (July 6 and 7), four further gold medals were awarded to members of the boys volleyball team, who reclaimed their title in an impressive final display against Redbridge.

Minutes beforehand the girls volleyball team retained their title for a third year running,  having beaten Richmond - and the girls hockey team followed suit, claiming their third title in as many years with an dominant 4-0 victory in the final against Harrow.

Finally, on the last day of competition, the indoor rowing team retained their title for the second successive year.

The council's leisure spokesman, Councillor Jonathan Cook, said: "More than 500 talented young people contributed to Wandsworth's fantastic success this year, and they have done themselves - and the borough - proud.

"2013 has seen a mixture of superb individual performances and wonderful displays of teamwork from our competitors, which has brought an end to the borough's 36 year wait for a win.

"The experience of taking part in the London Youth Games will hopefully inspire these young people to strive for more sporting glory - and possibly go on to become sports stars of the future."

The London Youth Games is Europe's largest youth sports event and includes all of the 33 London boroughs.

Wandsworth entered teams in all 47 events with 28 of the teams finishing in the top 10.

The tennis team, boys athletics, Boccia, boys cricket and disability football teams all came away with silver medals - and they were joined on the rostrum by bronze medallists from the girls disability swimming and boys table tennis teams.

Dedicated team managers, with support from Wandsworth Council's sports development team, worked hard over the year to help the borough's young people achieve their sporting success.

Learn more about sport in Wandsworth and the various opportunities on offer.

For more information about the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games visit www.londonyouthgames.org.


Notes to editors

The Get Active Wandsworth Festival 2013 aims to get borough residents of all ages active and continue the feel good factor from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The fourth Get Active day, which is free and open to anyone interested, takes place from 12pm in King George's Park this Saturday.