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Kingston brings home gold from London Youth Games

Cllr julie pickering mayor of kingston stands with the kingston girls football squad 1

Kingston is celebrating bringing home nine gold, six silver and five bronze medals from the London Youth Games summer finals this weekend (8 to 9 July).

Over 290 local young people took part in 35 competitions, including sailing, para athletics and cycling. Kingston was awarded an overall 14th place out of the 33 London boroughs.

The biggest improvement was in the Aquathlon competition, where Kingston leapt 13 places, from 21st in 2016 to 8th this year.

On attending the event, Mayor of Kingston, Cllr Julie Pickering, said:

“I joined the team on Sunday and was amazed at the dedication and effort on show. One of the fantastic stories of local sporting history that came out of the weekend was, Andy Wooldridge, a Kingston dad who competed in the squash finals at the London Youth Games in 1977, cheered on his daughter, Clara, who took part and won gold in the same sport over the course of the weekend, 40 years later!

“We’ve had a hugely successful result and look forward to seeing us progress even further next year.“

Also on attending the event, Cllr Chris Hayes, Kingston Council’s London Youth Games representative, added:

“Kingston has managed to hold it’s place at 14th for a second year running, which is fantastic. This is down to the commitment of our excellent sport teams in schools and clubs across the borough.”

For more information on staying healthy and active in Kingston, visit www.kingston.gov.uk/sports.

Notes to editors

Gold awards:

  • Squash Team Girls
  • Sailing Topper
  • Sailing Laser
  • Sailing Topper 4.2
  • Cycling Road Female
  • Para Swimming
  • Swimming Male Fly
  • Javelin Para Athletics D class
  • 200m Para Athletics D class

Silver awards:

  • Squash Boys Team
  • 100m Sprint Female Para Athletics
  • Javelin Para Athletics MLD class
  • Javelin Para Athletics SLD class
  • Shot Para Athletics C Class
  • Sailing Laser radial

Bronze awards:

  • Hockey Girls Yr7 and Under
  • Para Athletics
  • Cycling Female
  • Aquathlon Female
  • 100m Para Athletics D class