Young people in Lambeth proved their sporting ability at the London Youth Games, achieving the best set of results for the borough in years.
Dozens of young people from Lambeth aged between 7 and 17 represented the borough at the finals of the London-wide competition at the National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace at the weekend, and in events over the past few weeks, in sports ranging from athletics and football to weightlifting.
After a string of strong performances across the board, the Lambeth team this year jumped up the rankings to finish a very respectable 12th out of 33 London boroughs, up from 20th position last year. The year before that the team finished 24th.
The London Youth Games sees young people from across London representing their borough and competing against each other in around 30 sports.
Past competitors include Lambeth’s very own basketball superstar Luol Deng, as well as Linford Christie, Christine Ohuruogu and Steve Backley.
Some outstanding individual performances for the Lambeth team this year included 2nd place for Matthew Martinez in the Indoor Rowing, 2nd place in the girls’ javelin for Rebekah Williams and a fantastic 1st place in the ambulant 100m athletics for Michael De Nobrega.
Other great results included 3rd in the Girls’ Basketball competition, 3rd in the Fencing Competition and 2nd in Girls’ Disability Football.
The team is organised by Lambeth Council’s sports and recreation team.
Cllr Florence Nosegbe, Lambeth Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and 2012 Games, said:
“This is a brilliant set of results and I’d like to congratulate all those who represented Lambeth so well over the weekend. There’s a huge amount of sporting potential out there in Lambeth and the Youth Games really gives young people an opportunity to shine. We are making sure that young people have the chance to participate and do well in sport and make sure they can make the best of the opportunities the 2012 Olympic Games will bring.
Lambeth’s second annual Activate Festival of Sport will take place Kennington Park on 18 and 19 September 2010. The Festival is part of series of sporting and cultural events planned between now and the 2012 Games and is designed to encourage everyone to take part in healthy positive activity ahead of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It gives visitors the opportunity to ‘have a go’ at Olympic and Paralympic sports such as tennis, rowing, cycling and climbing.