Sport

Enfield youngsters win three golds at London Youth Games

Three golds among 19-medal haul in total won by Enfield children

The medal-laden Enfield swimming team outside London Aquatics Centre
The medal-laden Enfield swimming team outside London Aquatics Centre

Youngsters from Enfield have picked up three gold medals from the London Youth Games, winning 19 medals in total – described as an “outstanding performance”.

The gold medals were awarded in the girls under-13s cross country, girls 12-14 years swimming breaststroke and in the boys high jump.

London Youth Games is an annual, multi-sport event offering competitive sports opportunities for young people aged ten to 18 years, first launched in 1977. Thousands of young Londoners take part, making it the largest annual youth sports event in Europe. There are 21 sports contested, including some being hosted at former Olympic venues, such as the London Aquatics Centre.

Enfield finished tenth overall in the final games league table, out of 33 London boroughs.

Enfield's cross-country girls champions
Enfield’s cross-country girls champion Jorgia Marsh (centre)

Chinelo Anyanwu, Enfield Council’s cabinet member for public spaces, culture and local economy, said: “I would like to offer huge congratulations to all the Enfield competitors who have been excellent ambassadors for the borough.

“This has been a wonderful year for sport both locally and nationally. I don’t need to remind anyone about the outstanding win [for England] at the Women’s European Cup Final and the hugely successful Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

“Closer to home, we [the council] have recently completed the dual netball and tennis courts at Broomfield Park which are used by the North London Netball League with more than 100 teams, unveiled four new cricket pitches in the west of Enfield and introduced free swimming sessions for all children at five of our leisure centres.

“We know how important sport can be to motivate young people, helping to build their confidence, mental resilience and general wellbeing. We will continue to support inclusive sports activities and create life-changing opportunities for young people in Enfield of all abilities and from all backgrounds.”

Enfield's netball team pictured with Enfield mayor Doris Jiagge
Enfield’s bronze-winning netball team pictured with Enfield mayor Doris Jiagge

Enfield’s medal table:

SportPositionMedals won
Cross CountryFemale 16th
Male 12th
U13 girls – gold
Indoor Cricket Male17thN/A
Boccia5thN/A
Para SwimGirls 2nd
Boys 4th
Girls Team – silver
Boys 25m Freestyle – bronze
Para AthleticsFemale 6th
Boys 7th
200m Boys – silver
Javelin Boys – silver
100m Girls VI – bronze
Javelin Girls SLD – bronze
Shot Girls SLD – bronze
Road CyclingBoys 19thN/A
Trampoline5thN/A
Basketball Male8thN/A
Basketball Female9thN/A
Para FootballBoys 9thN/A
Hockey girlsN/AN/A
Hockey Boys17thN/A
Table TennisGirls 9th Boys 17thN/A
Netball3rdTeam bronze
Volleyball Male9thN/A
Swimming9thBoys 12-14yrs Breaststroke – silver
Girls 12-14yrs Breaststroke – gold
Boys 15-17yrs 4×50 Free Relay – bronze
Boys 15-17yrs Breaststroke – bronze
Boys 15-17yrs Freestyle – silver
AthleticsGirls 13th
Boys 11th
High Jump Boys – gold
Shot Boys – silver
Football female13thN/A
Aquathlon5thYear 8 Boys – silver
Year 9 Boys – bronze
Year 11 Boys – silver

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