Six Superstars Inducted At Hall of Fame
10th October 2012
Six superstars of British sport became the latest inductees into the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games Hall of Fame at a magnificent evening of celebration at Lord's Cricket Ground on Tuesday 9 October.
On a night where it was revealed that over 100,000 young Londoners took part in the 2012 London Youth Games, the fourth edition of the annual event saw half a dozen stars join the Hall of Fame after each progressing from representing their borough at the London Youth Games to careers at world-class level.
The new Hall of Famers included London 2012 medallists Joanna Rowsell (Sutton), Naomi Riches (Harrow), Richard Hounslow (Harrow) and Gemma Gibbons (Greenwich). They were joined by England rugby star Margaret Alphonsi and former GB sprinting superstar John Regis.
Cyclist Rowsell has had a superb 2012 as part of the women's team pursuit trio, breaking the world record and winning World and Olympic gold. Riches was another golden girl of London 2012 as part of the victorious mixed coxed fours team at the Paralympics.
Gibbons and Hounslow were silver medallists at London 2012 in similarly iconic Olympic moments. Gibbons won silver in the under 78kg judo, becoming the first British judoka to win an Olympic medal for 12 years.
Hounslow won silver in the rapids at Lee Valley, taking silver in the men's C2 class where there was an unprecedented GB 1-2.
Alphonsi is England's foremost female rugby player having played a key role in seven successive Six Nations Championship victories and a series victory over New Zealand in the last 12 months.
Regis, a 200m specialist, was a mainstay of the GB athletics team in the 1980s and 1990s winning 18 major medals including World 4x400m gold and World Indoor 200m gold.
The new inductees hold a total of seven Olympic or Paralympic medals, 23 World Championship medals and have represented their country on over 200 occasions. They join an exclusive club that also includes Mo Farah, David Weir and Bradley Wiggins.