Havering’s quadkids claim gold again
PUBLISHED: 15:00 04 July 2016
Upminster Juniors help borough celebrate third straight win
Havering retained their athletics quadkids title at the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games at Crystal Palace.
Upminster Junior school ensured a third successive gold medal for the borough and team manager Rob Stanley said it would take a few days for the youngsters to realise the size of their achievement in winning the competition.
“It’s been a massive team effort, a lot of them got personal bests in the 600m and the vortex, which is fantastic,” he said.
“I’m very proud of our team even getting to the finals in the first place, so to achieve what they have is unbelievable.
“It means a lot to them, it will sink in the next couple of days how well they’ve done, beating 32 other boroughs is a phenomenal achievement.”
Havering registered a huge 2,021-point total to finish 32 points ahead of Beam Primary of Barking & Dagenham in second place and 41 ahead of St Stephens of Richmond in third.
Barking & Dagenham produced the biggest improvement from last year, climbing an amazing 16 places from 18th to claim silver.
But it was to be Havering’s day and Stanley went on to praise the standard of the London Youth Games competition, with 60m indoor British record holder Jeanette Kwakye presenting medals.
“You have to look at all the athletes over the years who are now performing at the top level around the world,” he added.
“The London Youth Games is the starting block for some of them, like Jeanette, so to win it is superb.”
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