With Rio less than fifty days away, Surrey Heath’s sporting youngsters have laid down a marker for Team GB after an impressive showing at the 2016 P&G Surrey Youth Games.
‘Team Surrey Heath’ were victorious is no less than five of the sporting disciplines on offer, the joint-highest gold medal haul achieved by any borough or district.
Around 150 young people represented Surrey Heath during the weekend of 18 and 19 June at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford.
23 teams across 12 sports competed against the ten other Surrey boroughs, and for many of the young people taking part this was their first experience of playing sport at a competitive level outside of school.
The badminton team delivered Surrey Heath’s first gold medals of the weekend, landing a historic double by winning both the junior and senior tournaments. The gold run continued on Sunday as the boxing team fought their way to victory, before being completed by both the junior and senior girls in judo.
Other medallists included the girls hockey team who were losing finalists after a series of resolute defensive performances which saw them concede just two goals in the tournament, and the ‘Touchtennis’ team who picked up bronze for the second consecutive year.
The Surrey Youth Games aim to encourage young people to develop their sporting skills, promote physical activity and encourage fair play in sport. Over 290 local young people have enjoyed free coaching in the borough during the past two months in preparation, and it is hoped that many will make the step and join a local club.
Participation in the games is only possible thanks to the work of volunteers and parents from clubs such as: Lightwater Juniors, Swifts, Streets Heath, Turners Boxing Academy, Camberley Cricket Club, Camberley & Farnborough Hockey Club, Camberley Judo Club, Surrey Heath Netball Club and Camberley Tennis Club. Backing the Surrey Heath squad were sponsors Places for People and Publicity Plus.
All those who took part over the weekend will be invited to receive a commemorative medal at the Surrey Heath Sports Awards in October. The awards recognise sportspeople, teams, clubs, coaches and volunteers for their achievements over the past year. Nominations can be made at www.surreyheath.gov.uk/sportsawards