Long-shot PJ wins a silver, just three weeks after selection
27 June, 2019 — By Steve Barnett
Peter John ‘PJ’ Rendall shows off his medal
THERE is just over a week to go before thousands of youngsters put their borough’s colours on to take part in the grand finals of the London Youth Games.
A series of sports events have already reached their conclusion, however, and medal counts have started climbing. Camden are on the glory trail after taking a team silver in the boys’ ParaGames athletics on Wednesday, which were held at Mile End Athletics Stadium.
Perhaps the biggest story of the afternoon was Peter John “PJ” Rendall’s silver success in the shot put, just three weeks after being selected to represent his borough out of the blue.
The Maria Fidelis pupil had popped into a free junior sports day at Talacre Community Sports Centre in Kentish Town, which was organised by Camden Sports and Physical Activity Service to give disabled young people the chance to take part in a range of activities.
And, while there, he was spotted by one of the coaches and picked to take part in the athletics finals, where he proved an instant hit.
The Camden team who enjoyed huge success at the ParaGames held at Mile End Athletics Stadium
“I am so glad I won a medal at the London Youth Games,” said PJ.
“I like training with my Highgate Harriers coaches and mates. I am going to work hard in training this year so I can hopefully win gold next year.”
Serial winner Zaki Hemming Young showed his tremendous throwing power, winning a silver medal in his javelin event and a gold in the shot put.
Wheelchair racer Ilias Zghoundi won a silver medal in the 100m. And it proved the perfect warm-up for the 12-year-old Highgate Harrier as he then returned to the track to take gold in the 200m event.
A day of individual success also saw Mamadou “Bobo” Bah win silver in the javelin, Thaseen Chowdury win silver in the 200m, Kaltrim Ramushi collect a bronze in the shot put and Nusrath Abu bag a bronze in the javelin.
Overall, Team Camden, made up of pupils from Regent’s High School, Maria Fidelis and Swiss Cottage, won nine individual medals.
They also struck gold in the 4x100m mixed relay thanks to the efforts of Thaseen, Selin Barcag, Sammy Rahman and Aziza Ahmed.