Waltham Forest young athletes win Most Improved Borough at London Youth Games

15 July 2019
Waltham Forest at London Youth Games 2019

Waltham Forest athletes scooped the Most Improved Borough award at the 2019 London Youth Games finals, held on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July.

The London Youth Games runs over a number of months, with the first event for this year taking place in November 2018.

The borough was represented by over 300 young athletes and para-athletes who achieved a total of six gold medals, one silver, nine bronze and four fourth place finishes in various disciplines.

Team Waltham Forest has risen from 22nd place in 2018 to 14th place in 2019.

Cllr Naheed Asghar, Cabinet Member for Health and Voluntary Sector Partnerships at Waltham Forest Council said: “We’re extremely proud of all our young athletes and para-athletes who’ve participated in this year’s London Youth Games, in an example of respect, fairness and inclusion. They’ve shown resilience and discipline and worked hard to help Waltham Forest improve on last year’s results.

“We will continue to support young athletes of all abilities in the borough with our wide range of clubs and activities, to keep our young residents active and help them realise their ambitions and make the most of their life chances.”

The London Youth Games is Europe's largest sporting event for young people for all abilities. It involves all 33 London boroughs and 26 national sports governing bodies in over 60 competitions across 30 sports.

The games offer competitive opportunities for participants of varying abilities and experience and has been a stepping stone in the careers of international and Olympic athletes, such as distance running legend Mo Farah, footballer Rio Ferdinand and Olympic 400m gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu.

Young athletes compete in various disciplines, gaining points which are then added together in the borough’s total. The borough that claims the most points by the end of the games gets to take home the Jubilee Trophy. Additionally, all boroughs compete for four other trophies: the ParaGames Trophy, Regatta Trophy, Inner London Trophy and Most Improved Borough Award.