Rowing returns to the London Youth Games

This weekend marks the return of rowing to the London Youth Games. The event is sponsored by Thames Water and will be held on Saturday 13th June, at the London Regatta Centre on the Royal Albert Dock, a well-known venue to many rowers.

The events, which will be run over 250m, include quad and double sculls and the single sculls event, which is open only to Year 12, with some accomplished rowers from schools and clubs across London competing. 

Some famous names have competed in rowing at the London Youth Games in the past, none more well known in the rowing world than Mark Hunter from Havering, gold medallist in the Lighweight Double Sculls in the Beijing Olympic Games.

Another team to look out for will be the Borough of Richmond who have had a visit from Team GB and another Beijing gold medallist Andy Hodge. Andy said, "I really enjoyed training the youngsters. It’s great to see such enthusiasm among the next generation of rowers and it gives me real confidence that London will produce a home-grown champion in 2012. I wish all the competitors at the Thames Water London Youth Games Regatta the best of luck."

The London Youth Games gives young sports people a chance to compete in a multi-sports event and be part of team contributing to their Borough’s success.  This first year sees over half of the 33 London Boroughs enter crews which is a tribute to the team managers from across London. Many of the teams have been supported by London Youth Rowing without whose support the event would not be possible.

There is an Indoor Rowing Competition at Crystal Palace on the 5th July which has entries from all 33 London Boroughs and which will also be supported by London Youth Rowing.

For more information on the London Youth Games or London Youth Rowing check out the websites.

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