Borough handed award at Youth Games final

PUBLISHED: 10:53 10 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:26 05 October 2010

EUROPE S largest youth sports event proved a huge success for Tower Hamlets last weekend as the borough scooped Ric Grice Fair Play award at the 31st Balfour Beatty London Youth Games in Crystal Palace. All 33 London boroughs were in action at the Nation

EUROPE'S largest youth sports event proved a huge success for Tower Hamlets last weekend as the borough scooped Ric Grice Fair Play award at the 31st Balfour Beatty London Youth Games in Crystal Palace.

All 33 London

boroughs were in action at the National Sports Centre for the finals of the competition, which ran for five weeks and featured 25,000 young Londoners in 34 different sports.

Tower Hamlets finished joint 16th in the final medal table following a series of impressive

displays, including a first-place finish in the boys' table tennis and a bronze medal in the girls' event.

There were also strong performances in the

athletics discipline last weekend, where Quincie Michael smashed his own personal best in the 400m, crossing the line in 52.0secs to win at a


Shane Martin also won gold in the shot put and Tunde Judun (pictured) placed third in the 100m as the boys' team finished ninth overall.

Team manager Alf Vickers insisted the borough would have been close to a top-three placing but for disappointing displays in two key events.

"There were some excellent performances and finishing ninth is a big improvement on last year but I'm really disappointed we didn't do as well as we hoped," said Vickers.

"We didn't have anyone to compete in the javelin on the day and we failed to post a height in the high jump, otherwise I'm certain we would have been in the top three."

There was a marked improvement from the girls' athletics team, who entered a young team yet still managed to finish a respectable 18th in the final standings thanks to Stephanie Steele-Boyce's bronze medal in the 200m.

With the whole team due to compete again at next year's games, Vickers believes the girls' squad could be in line for a top-10 finish in 12 months time.

He said: "If you can finish in the top-20 with every member of the team a year young, you would think that should be the aim next year."

There were also valuable contributions from the angling team, who finished fourth overall, while the male judo team came fifth and the girls' judo team finished sixth.

The weightlifting squad also claimed sixth place, a position matched by the girls' football team.

England rugby star Danny Cipriani opened the Games on Thursday and world 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu - a former competitor for Newham at the Games - attended this year's event on Saturday.

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