Evening Of Celebration
10th September 2010
Over 400 guests celebrated the past, present and future of London youth sport at the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games Hall of Fame evening at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Thursday 9 September.
At the opening of the awards ceremony, the packed crowd were given a rousing speech by Hugh Robertson MP, Minister for Sport and the Olympics where he gave his backing to the London Youth Games.
Earlier in the evening guests were given a taster of London Youth Games sports with weightlifting, indoor rowing, mini tennis, fencing and judo all giving interactive demonstrations at the Indoor School.
Then it was on to the ceremony in the Nursery Pavilion expertly hosted by BBC Sport’s Nick Mullins. The annual ceremony saw former London Youth Games competitors Rio Ferdinand (football), Bradley Wiggins (cycling), Mo Farah (athletics), David Weir (athletics), Amanda Newton (netball) and Tasha Danvers (athletics) officially inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Between the six of them they have over 300 international appearances, 13 Olympic or Paralympic medals, 17 World Championship medals, 10 European Championship medals and 5 Commonwealth Games medals.
Farah, Weir, Newton and Danvers were all present on the night to collect their awards in person, whilst Ferdinand and Wiggins both sent videoed messages. Other stars of sport that were present on the night included 2010 London Youth Games patron Christine Ohuruogu, Olympic 100m gold medallist Linford Christie and 2012 weightlifting prospect Zoe Smith.
The evening also recognised the achievements of volunteers, coaches and organisations that helped to make the 2010 London Youth Games the biggest ever in its 33 year history with over 50,000 young people participating.
The winners included the GamesForce Team Leaders who collected the Jubilee Cup, London Basketball who picked up the Community Partner Award in association with Sport England, Keir Apperly of Hackney who won Coach of the Year, Jack Montoya of Fulham, who won GamesForce Volunteer of the Year, Lindsay Sartori who won Volunteer of the Year and Katie Ashton and Gordon Ritchie who were joint winners of the Balfour Beatty Volunteer of the Year award.
PICTURE: Mo Farah is interviewed on stage by Nick Mullins