Nov 15 2012 by Matt Lewis, Harrow Observer
THE achievements of Harrow’s young athletes were recognised at an awards ceremony held to launch the 2013 London Youth Games.
Harrow’s excellent team performances across the sports saw them become the most improved borough after achieving the biggest point increase compared to last years’ games.
The mayor of Harrow, councillor Nizam Ismail, handed out awards to squads that have excelled in their sports over the past 12 months.
Harrow boys’ cricket and gymnastic squads walked away with bronze medals, while the girls’ tables tennis team got a bronze in their first year of competing in the games.
Team Harrow table tennis winner Anisha Rasan, aged 15, from Pinner said: “Winning a bronze medal was amazing, especially because we hadn’t competed before. I definitely want to compete in the next games, so now I’m training four times a week to see if we can win again.”
The Balfour Beatty 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 of charge and open to all young people, aged between seven and 18, living in or going to school in Harrow.More than 400 young people from across the borough represented Harrow in the 2012 event.
A proven breeding ground for talent, the games have been a stepping-stone in the careers of international, Olympic and Paralympic athletes, including Harrow’s own Olympic Silver medalist Richard Hounslow, and Paralympic gold medalist Naomi Riches.
Athletes and local sports clubs interested in taking part in the London Youth Games should register their interest by contacting the Sports Development Team by calling 0208 424 1069 or 0208 424 1912.