Since January, over 400 young people either living or attending school in Richmond have been competing for the glory of their borough in the London Youth Games.
And now their outstanding sporting achievements have been celebrated with an awards ceremony at The Stoop, rugby ground of the Harlequins, who sponsor Team Richmond.
The Richmond contenders finished fourth overall, and Harlequins players Chris Brooker and Gary Botha presented awards to the young people and the support staff who had taken part.
Richmond won five gold medals in total, with another 24 top ten finishes. They also picked up the ‘Most Improved Borough’ trophy, showing just how hard they have worked over the last year.
Richmond Canoe Club’s Trevor Wetherall received the Eileen Gray Award, which recognises the contribution and dedication an individual has given to the Games.
Mr Wetherall said: “I have had a long association with the London Youth Games and have over the years seen many young competitors who turn up, feeling very nervous and not too sure what is expected of them, then enjoy the day and come away with a feeling of fun and involvement.
“It is vital to offer local sporting opportunities for our local youngsters, like the games. These young athletes are our sporting talent of the future and some may be inspired to carry on and achieve the highest levels.”
Harlequins presented a cheque for £4,500 to Councillor Celia Hodges, the Mayor of Richmond, which will go towards next year’s Games.
With all this support and encouragement, let’s show the rest of London what Richmond can really do and strive for and even better result next year!