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After supporting Lambeth’s young people at the Youth Games for the last two years I was delighted to be asked to attend an awards ceremony at the Riverbank Plaza Hotel to celebrate the sporting success of those involved in the London Youth Games earlier in the year.

Mayor of Lambeth with Cabinet member for Culture and Communities Cllr Rachael Heywood present an award

Mayor of Lambeth with Cabinet member for Culture and Communities Cllr Rachael Heywood present an award

British Olympic bronze medallist, Tasha Danvers and former Gladiators Champion Weiniger Irwin joined Lambeth residents and staff in at the sports awards ceremony.

Mayor and councillors meet Tasha Danvers and Weiniger Irwin

Mayor and councillors meet Tasha Danvers and Weiniger Irwin

Lambeth came 20th in the Lambeth youth games this year which was a great achievement with 1st place gained in many events including Girls Football, disability football and the boys track relay.

The evening was a fantastic celebration of Lambeth’s talented young people and a great opportunity to focus on their success.

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This was my second year at the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games, as I attended last year when I was the Deputy Mayor of Lambeth.

Mayor of Lambeth with some of the Lambeth people who help organise the London Youth Games

Mayor of Lambeth with some of the Lambeth people who help organise the London Youth Games

The London Youth Games are a unique season of events at the heart of youth sport in the Capital, involving all 33 London Boroughs and 26 National Governing Bodies.  The Games are free and open to all young people, aged between 7 and 17, living in or going to school in the Capital.

Lambeth's Baseball team

Lambeth boys Basketball team

The Games offers competitive opportunities for participants of varying abilities and experience and has been a stepping stone in the careers of international and Olympic athletes.  For example, three of Great Britain’s gold medallists at Beijing 2008 – Bradley Wiggins, Mark Hunter and Christine Ohuruogu – competed at the London Youth Games.

Whilst at the games I got a chance to view Lambeth’s baseball team play Newham in the semi-finals. I am not going to claim to be a big baseball fan however was amazed by the speed, commitment and focus of our team. I am met and chatted with our football team which includes players who are on their way to bright futures in the sport.

On a beautiful sunny day I would have loved to have discarded my suit re-placed with some shorts and T-Shirts, though I don’t think that I would have been much help to either team and will stick to cycling.

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Balfour Beatty London Youth Games

Every year over 20,000 young Londoners from the 32 London Boroughs and the City of London, compete in over 30 different sports competitions that comprise the Games. I attended the 2008 games, with Deputy Mayoress Emita Griffith, in Crystal Palace.

Whilst at the games we attended a reception where we heard speeches from London Youth Games Limited, Sports England and sponsor Balfour Beatty.

Balfour Beatty London Youth Games

Following the reception we toured the games visiting some of the teams proudly representing Lambeth. Watching them play you could really see their passion and commitment.

We also visited the Archery team where we spent time hearing about the sport. It was clear that this sport demanded huge discipline, however cost of equipment and traveling to a limited number of places where you could practice means not all who could benefit from partaking in this sport are able to.

We were extremely impressed by all the young people in the Lambeth teams and all the officers and volunteers that work with the teams working for success, not just at the games, but towards a healthy sporting future.

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