Bumper gold medal haul almost gives Croydon Youth Games title


By - Tuesday 8th July, 2014

Croydon’s young athletes had to be satisfied with silver for the second year running in the 2014 Balfour Beatty London Youth Games Jubilee Trophy.


Some of Croydon’s young silver medallists receive their awards. Photo reproduced with the permission of Croydon Council.

Release begins: Seven golds and a recent win in the disability ParaGames events almost secured Croydon the overall 2014 Balfour Beatty London Youth Games Jubilee trophy. However, Wandsworth set a new points record and pipped them into the runners up place for the second year running.

Croydon Council’s sports and physical activities team work every year with young athletes and their coaches to try and achieve victory in what is the largest youth sporting event in Europe. Teams compete across over 30 sports, with events taking place over a nine-month season.

Over 100,000 young Londoners compete in the games annually, and 15,000 attended the 2014 finals weekend at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.

Croydon’s team last lifted the champion’s trophy in 2012 and have come second four times in the last six years, however the borough’s young ParaGames athletes have now taken the disability title for three consecutive years.

This year in the main competition Croydon participants took gold in angling and diving, showing consistency on their form from 2013. They also took the tennis title, a big improvement on last year’s seventh place.

Including the ParaGames events, at which Croydon won in both swimming and athletics, the borough achieved more golds than any other borough, but on points were just beaten into second place.

Of the 40 categories in which teams competed Croydon’s young athletes did as well or better in 24. The male athletics team were notable for having improved in the rankings from 20th last year to fourth place in the most recent competition.

Councillor Timothy Godfrey, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: “It’s just a matter of time before Croydon’s name is back on the Jubilee Trophy. Our young sports stars have shown remarkable consistency over recent years and it has only been a record-breaking set of results from Wandsworth over the last two years which has kept the title out of our grasp. I want to congratulate everyone who represented Croydon this year – from the athletes themselves to the coaches and organisers who make the whole thing possible.”

Anyone who would like to take part in next year’s event can contact Pearl Sethna at .

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