Fine Strong effort secures bronze for Tower Hamlets
PUBLISHED: 13:04 23 June 2011
Tower Hamlets’ Keira Strong brought some local pride to the borough at the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games judo finals at the National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The 14-year-old won bronze in the female junior over-70kg class as the borough went on to record a 14th spot in the female team competition, while they finished 17th in the male team event.
Around 250 young people took part in the prestigious city-wide competition.
And the Bishop Challinor pupil was delighted when she received the medal.
Strong said: “I wasn’t really expecting to win a medal when I woke up this morning.
“I competed here last year and won nothing, so this year’s been a lot better.
“I have trained a bit more and learnt a bit more by training with different partners and different sizes. It was a tougher competition this year.
“One of my wins today was with a throw, and by wearing the Tower Hamlets shirt means I represent something.
“Performing at the London Youth Games will probably help me go far. I want to continue in sport, help out and compete in competitions like this. I want to perform at the Olympics.”
England and Arsenal Ladies footballer Rachel Yankey, one of only eight players to have been awarded over 100 England international caps, is patron of the 2011 Balfour Beatty London Youth Games.
Yankey said: “Congratulations to Keira. To win a bronze medal at this event is a fantastic achievement.
“Let’s face it, London is one of the greatest cities in the world and will be hosting the world’s biggest sporting event in 2012.
“To prove yourself as being amongst the most talented young sportswomen in London, when competitive sport enjoys such a high profile in the city, is a real accomplishment.”
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