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Borough stars are gearing up for Games’ grand finals

Youngsters will be among thousands competing at Crystal Palace

06 June, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

The mixed tennis squad finished seventh

THERE’S just one month to go until thousands of youngsters don their borough colours to take part in the grand finals of one of the largest youth sports competitions in Europe.

Athletes are busy training ahead of what promises to be a packed programme of sports in July as the School Games and the London Youth Games come to a head at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.

The action is already well underway with Team Camden having taken part in a host of qualifiers throughout May.

Camden’s Year 12 boys’ basketball team narrowly missed out on the finals

In the kayak sprint event, which is raced over a 100m course at the Lee Valley White Water Centre in Hertfordshire, both Maddox Maruda and Alexander Cameron reached the final in their respective age groups. Despite missing out on the medals, their combined efforts helped Camden finish in 13th place overall out of the 20 boroughs that took part.

Camden’s trampoline team: Lilly Cookson, Amy Chapman and Bianca Serrano

Camden boys’ basketball team also performed well in the Year 12 and Under division, just missing out on a place in the finals. They won two of their three group games at the University of East London Sports Dock, taking maximum points from matches against Hackney and Ealing.

But defeat against Newham meant that it was the team from east London who qualified as group winners, sending group runners-up Camden home.

Maddox Maruda

Camden’s mixed tennis squad were also agonisingly close to qualifying for the finals. With the top six going on to compete for medals, Camden beat City of London 4-1, but lost by the same score against Redbridge to finish seventh overall.

Camden’s trampoline team of Amy Chapman, Gabrielle Massueme, Bianca Serrano and Lilly Cookson, who all train at the Talacre Sports Centre in Kentish Town, also performed well as they put in excellent demonstrations at the Harrow Leisure Centre, but eventually had to settle for 18th out of 25 boroughs.


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