London Youth Games
Team Camden competed at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre for the 42nd London Youth Games Finale weekend on the 6th and 7th July. This concluded a long nine months of competition, which began in November 2018. Over 1000 young people represented Camden, competing in 26 sports out a possible 30 available this year, earning a total of 33 medals in total for the borough. This year Team Camden finished in 15th out of the 33 London boroughs, one of the highest ever recorded finishes for the borough, and the highest recorded medal tally.
The London Youth Games gives young people the opportunity to discover new and exciting sports, as well as providing an environment where they can; challenge themselves to excel and even achieve success. The games also encompasses ParaGames, which caters to athletes of all abilities and includes several disability competitions Para Games Swimming, Football, Boccia and Athletics.
Each year the talent and participation amongst young people in sports continues to grow and develop. With its wide range of sports and opportunities to be active, the London Youth Games is a key example of the positive impact being active can have on children and young people.
Some notable performances by Team Camden, 2019:
Alec Zaimovic, who won the gold medal for Indoor Rowing, after training all year to beat last year’s result where he won the silver medal.
Para Indoor Rowing saw Zaki Hemming Young win gold, with teammates Aman Yusuf and Aseal Biomy both earned silver medals and Sakib Bokth and Robert White both earning bronze medals.
Courtney Casey and Omar Bougoffa each took home gold medals for Judo, with team mate Arejuna Pflug earning a silver medal.
Swimmers Antoine Divet, Lucas Bohm, Leo He, Sam Addington, Yann Divet, Jackson Olin, Alex Rowson and Pavle Stamenkovi, all won gold medals for either individual races and/or team races. They also picked up 2 individual silver medals and 1 team silver medal.
Archer Westley Spurlock won a bronze medal for his efforts, whilst the team finished in the top 4 for the second year in a row.
Despite injuries the senior fencing team persevered to gain a team bronze medal, whilst the junior finished in an admirable 6th place.
The young people of Camden, showed spirit and commitment this year and should be very proud of themselves. To find out how you can be involved in Team Camden next year please contact Ben Dorsett at firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about London Youth Games, please go to www.londonyouthgames.org.