Havering Hurricanes end London Youth Games on a high
PUBLISHED: 13:00 13 July 2018
Havering Hurricanes saw their girls football team win gold at the London Youth Games finals weekend at Crystal Palace.
Many of the team play in academies at professional clubs and they romped to a 5-1 win in their semi-final before beating Brent 3-1 in the final.
The borough’s archery and diving teams added silver medals, while the indoor rowing squad added a bronze to those won earlier by the girls’ cross-country team and the badminton squad.
The boys’ and girls’ handball squads just missed out on medals in fourth place, as did the boys’ cross-country team and the girls’ para swimming squad.
And the trampolining team, boccia squad and boys’ para football team finished fifth in their competitions, which helped Havering finish seventh in the final Jubilee Trophy standings.
A total of 429 children from 32 different schools and countless sports clubs represented the borough, 70 more than competed last year.
Havering entered 48 of the 55 sports that comprise the London Youth Games, as well as eight out of ten Para Games competitions, twice as many as last year.
Along with Redbridge, Havering entered more events than any other borough and, as well as their team gold, silvers and bronze, they had 25 top-10 placings in other team sports, as well as numerous individual medals.
Team manager Michelle Gustavsen, from Havering Council’s Sports Development team, thanked all the competitors, coaches, managers, volunteers, parents, schools and clubs that contributed to the Hurricanes and paid tribute to the continued sponsorship of Everyone Active, which operates Havering Sports Centres on the Council’s behalf.
“The London Youth Games is Europe’s largest annual youth sporting event,” she said. “Every London borough takes part. We are proud of everyone who competed. The standard is extremely high but it is just as important that more than 400 children and students had the experience of being part of a great sporting event and a great team.”
The London Youth Games has been running for 41 years and Havering is the most successful borough in the event’s history, having won the overall title on 16 occasions.