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Team Camden’s medal count goes up as athletes star at Youth Games

Talented youngsters make borough proud as the London Youth Games, ParaGames and School Games come to a hugely successful climax with a blitz of bronze, silvers and golds

11 July, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

Camden’s mixed BMX team earned 12th place in the London Youth Games event, held at Merton BMX Club in Mitcham

THE medal count soared over the weekend as athletes representing Team Camden swam, ran, jumped and threw their way to glory during Europe’s largest annual sports celebration.

More than 1,000 youngsters earned the chance to represent the borough during the 42nd edition of the London Youth Games, ParaGames and School Games, which came to a climax at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.

The competition had got underway back in November with the cross-country, and since then Camden have gone on to compete in 26 of the 30 sports available to them. Despite dropping down one place from last year, to finish 15th out of the capital’s 33 boroughs, Camden’s success “continued to climb” as the team amassed 33 medals overall, nine more than in their 2018 campaign.

Camden’s archers finished fourth overall for the second year running, with Westley Spurlock (far right) winning an individual bronze medal 

Team manager Ben Dorsett, of Camden Council’s Sport and Physical Activity Service, said: “Last year we recorded our highest-ever finish when we came 14th, and we were agonisingly close to repeating, if not bettering that, this time around. As it stands, we have again showed good progress. In 2017 we won 16 medals, last year that climbed to 24, and this time we won 33 medals – 10 golds, 15 silvers and eight bronze medals – which is fantastic.”

Camden picked up six medals from the indoor rowing events, held at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre

Among the highlights over the weekend was Camden’s archery team, who all train with the Hampstead Bowmen. They equalled their best-ever finish at the Games.

Camden Fencing Club boys’ team wearing their bronze medals

Swiss Cottage Swimming Club’s boys also shone, winning seven medals. Antoine Divet struck gold in the 50m freestyle, and joined club-mates Lucas Bohm, Leo He and Sam Addington, to win a gold medal in the 4x50m freestyle medley and a silver in the 4x50m medley relay.

Camden’s boys’ swimming team finished third to bag a team bronze

Antoine’s older brother Yann also grabbed a gold in the relays after teaming up with Jackson Olin, Alex Rowson and Pavle Stamenkovic to win the 4x50m freestyle race. There were also individual medals for Leo He and Alex Rowson, who won silver medals in their respective 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle events.

Camden girls’ judo team earned 16th place, while the boys’ team finished in joint-18th 

Camden’s boys’ swimming team finished third to bag a team bronze.

The girls’ squash team finished in joint-7th place

Yann also made it back-to-back golds in the aquathlon, in an event that also brought a bronze medal for Annelise O’Connell. And Micheal Cheetan made a splash in the diving with a bronze.

Gold medal winner Courtney Casey with coach Glenn Speirs

Courtney Casey and Omar Bougoffa proved a big hit in the judo as they struck gold, while Arejuna Pflug took a silver.

Camden girls’ football team reached the quarter-finals before losing on penalties to Hillingdon

There was also a team bronze in the boys’ senior fencing competition, thanks to the squad from Camden Fencing Club.

The indoor rowing also proved fruitful, with Alec Zaimovic winning gold. In the para indoor rowing, Zaki Hemming Young led the charge with a gold medal, while Aseal Biomy and Aman Yusuf both won silver, and Robert White and Sakib Bokth scooped bronze medals.

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