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Young Barking and Dagenham athletes show their desire to compete in London Youth Games

PUBLISHED: 13:24 07 May 2013 | UPDATED: 14:32 07 May 2013

Attendees at the London Youth Games meeting including Olympic rower Mark Hunter (back, second left)

Attendees at the London Youth Games meeting including Olympic rower Mark Hunter (back, second left)

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Budding Olympians are being helped to enter the capital’s largest youth games, despite the council’s withdrawal due to its high cost.

Kayaker Stelian Naftanaila, 18, spoke out against the council's withdrawal from the London Youth GamesKayaker Stelian Naftanaila, 18, spoke out against the council's withdrawal from the London Youth Games

At a meeting last week, involving Olympic rower Mark Hunter, young sporting enthusiasts told of their desire to enter the London Youth Games.

It was agreed to form a “volunteer steering group” to make sure a team from Barking and Dagenham could compete this year, even without the council’s approval, though £3,000 needs to be raised for travel and kit.

Kayaker Stelian Naftanaila, a student at Warren Comprehensive sixth form, said: “It’s an amazing event and gives people something to really go for.”

Russell Findlay, London Youth Games chief executive, said: “It was really heartening and very moving to hear the passion that local people – especially young people – have for the London Youth Games.”

The council is hosting the Barking and Dagenham Community Games at Mayesbrook Athletics Arena and SportHouse in July.


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