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