Newham fencers on point again
PUBLISHED: 15:30 17 June 2015
Seniors land ninth Youth Games gold
Newham youngsters were back among the medals once again at the latest round of London Youth Games events.
The borough’s inclusive cricket squad, represented by Lister School, took bronze at Lord’s last week, after beating Platanos College from Lambeth.
And the senior fencing team picked up gold for the ninth year in a row from their finals on a busy weekend of action at Redbridge Sport & Leisure at the weekend.
The Newham squads showed they had lost none of their sharpness on the piste as Great Britain internationals Kamal Minott, Alan Lozovik and Rachel Shaw remained unbeaten throughout the day to claim first place.
That helped the borough finish third overall behind Kensington & Chelsea and Wandworth and manager Linda Strachan said: “This is an incredible result for our senior team.
“No other squad, in any sport, has accomplished this in the history of the London Youth Games.”
Head coach and three-time Olympian Pierre Harper added: “We’re pleased, very pleased. We are surprised to get third place overall and we’re really happy.
“I’m really proud of the team, they all worked hard. Our junior team are relatively inexperienced compared to our senior team, so we are really pleased.”
Newham’s badminton squad also came through a qualifying competition to keep their hopes of a medal alive at the finals weekend at Crystal Palace next month (July 4-5).
They beat their City of London (3-2), Hackney (5-0) and City of Westminster (3-2) rivals to top their group and book a place in the quarter-finals.
Newham’s junior tennis squad had mixed fortunes, beating Tower Hamlets, but losing to Hackney in their group.
*The London Youth Games is Europe’s largest annual youth sports event and is driving the legacy for increased participation in competitive sport and volunteering for young Londoners.
A record 126,897 young Londoners took part in the record-breaking 2014 Balfour Beatty London Youth Games, taking the event to over one million participants since it first launched in 1977.
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