Hackney crowned Para Games champions

Hackney indoor rowing team (Pic: Run Communications)

Hackney indoor rowing team (Pic: Run Communications) - Credit: Archant

Hackney fought off strong competition from a host of London boroughs to win the Para Games title for the second time at this year’s 40th anniversary London Youth Games finals weekend.

The borough, who had more than 50 students participate, took home six medals across all the para events, which was enough to secure the title with the indoor rowing team inspiring them, as they picked up four gold medals in the mixed para events.

The games programme, which has seen Paralympians David Weir and Amy Marren take part in the games, includes 10 para sports and 10 per cent of participants are from a disability background.

Kamil Hajdrych, Hackney’s indoor Para rowing coach, said, “They’ve done fantastically as a team and I’m delighted for them.

“They rowed really hard all day and worked so hard to get through win their medals.

“They really pushed themselves to the limit and got my respect today for their efforts.

“I didn’t expect first place, I thought maybe we could get a medal but first place was amazing and a great surprise.”

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Jon Hughes, chief executive of London Youth Games, added: “Hackney had an amazing year in our para games competitions and winning the overall trophy was thoroughly deserved.

“Para sports are integral part of the games and we continually try to develop and improve our Para programme to help more young people with a disability from across London get active.”

In the overall standings, Hackney improved on last year’s seventh place, finishing fourth in this year’s Jubilee Cup with 1,132 points behind Richmond, Wandsworth and winners Bromley.

The cup is awarded to the borough that wins the most points over the summer competitions and Hackney won gold medals in rowing, cycling and judo and 14 of borough’s secondary schools were involved in the games.

The competition has more than 1.5 million young Londoners take part ince the first games in 1977 including sports stars Linford Christie, Dina Asher-Smith, David Weir and Bradley Wiggins.

This year 140,000 young Londoners took part in the games.

Find out the full results from this year’s London Youth Games at http://www.londonyouthgames.org.

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