Youngsters go for sporting gold…again!

Release Date: 15 June 2017

Young people showed off their sporting prowess in the London Youth Games Table Tennis finals and hockey qualifiers this week. 

Twenty five young people from Team Richmond descended on Redbridge, competing in the Hockey qualifiers and Table Tennis finals.

The Richmond girls’ Hockey team went unbeaten throughout the morning round and only conceded one goal to pip Wandsworth to the automatic qualifying spot thanks to a better goal difference.

Victories over Bexley, Hillingdon and Hammersmith & Fulham secured the top spot in the group. They’ll face seven other boroughs in July to compete for the gold medals and hope to reach the podium and better last year’s 4th place finish.

Meanwhile the boys needed an afternoon play-off victory over Kingston to progress to the finals for the second year running. A narrow 1-0, last gasp victory over their local neighbours means the team will be competing for a podium place once again after securing bronze medals at the 2016 finals.

In the Table Tennis finals, two young squads from the borough each played five matches in the morning but couldn’t quite do enough to qualify for the afternoon knockouts. The girls finished in a very respectable 13th position, with the boys finishing in 21st place against some top nationally ranked players.

Cllr Meena Bond, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Sports, said:

“Yet again our young people storm ahead in the London Youth Games. Richmond is considered the fittest borough in the country. And, with these young competitors we can see why. Good luck to the hockey players in the finals in July – fingers crossed for gold medals!”

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Updated: 30 June 2017