Team Harrow dives in for a great start to the London Youth Games

swimming team

Harrow’s ParaGames swimming squad has made a splash at the London Youth Games – scooping seven medals at their latest event.

The male and female teams swam their way to three golds, three silvers (including one for a team relay) and a bronze.

Both squads - managed by the Aspire Leisure Centre swim school in Stanmore - finished in 6th position overall at Beckenham Spa in Bromley, Kent.

Cllr Keith Ferry, Deputy Leader of Harrow Council, said: “What an achievement for all of these young people involved – as well as the teams behind the scenes who support their training.

"It’s the dipping your toe in and taking part that matters but coming home with a medal – or seven – shows they are making waves in their sport! I wish everyone the best of luck for the finals.”

Abby Bennett, Team Manager, said: “I am so proud of the squad and their massive achievement not only as individuals but as a team, too.

"This was my final competition as Team Harrow’s manager for the ParaGames swimming competition and they have made it a memorable one.

"A special thanks to all those involved - from the swimmers, the parents, my team at Aspire swim school and, of course, Harrow Council’s Sports Development Team.”

Meanwhile, the weightlifting squad is also celebrating after taking their places on the podium last week, with a silver in the girls category and an overall bronze for the team. And Harrow boys’ hockey squad qualified to the finals taking place on Saturday 7th July at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.

More than 200 young people aged 7-17 have represented Harrow in the last few weeks - and more will compete.

Eight squads from the borough will be at the finals weekend in Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on the 7th and 8th July - including both boys and girls’ football teams, as well as hockey, netball, athletics and diving squads.

The London Youth Games is Europe's largest youth sports festival. It takes place over nine months and includes both school and community competitions across 30 sports involving all 33 London boroughs.

It offers opportunities for participants of varying abilities and has been a stepping-stone in the careers of international, Olympic and Paralympic athletes.