Former Athletes Honoured
21st September 2011
Six more world-class athletes were officially inducted into the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games Hall of Fame at the prestigious ceremony at the Nursery Pavilion, Lord’s Cricket Ground on Tuesday 20 September.
The glittering annual event sees former London Youth Games competitors being inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside awards for the individuals and organisations who have helped make the 2011 Games the most successful in its 34 year history, with a record 71,000 participants.
The new inductees are:
CHEMMY ALCOTT (Skiing)
Competed for Richmond in tennis and dry slope skiing at London Youth Games before embarking on a career which has seen her become the UK’s premier ski racer. She has competed in three Winter Olympics and is the only Brit to have won a single run in a World Cup race.
ELAINE BARRETT (Swimming)
Was taught to swim by coach Michelle Weltman as she sought youngsters to represent Hackney in disability swimming at the London Youth Games. Guided by Weltman she went to the very pinnacle, winning gold in the 100m breaststroke SB11 (blind) class at the 2004 Paralympic Games, one of 36 international medals in a glittering career.
TIM DON (Triathlon)
Represented Hounslow in triathlon and cycling at the London Youth Games before going on to compete at three Olympic Games. He is the only athlete ever to win individual gold at the World Triathlon, World Duathlon and World Aquathlon Championships.
DALTON GRANT (Athletics)
Represented Hackney in athletics at the London Youth Games before going on to enjoy a 16 year career at international level, including three Olympic Games. He won five major championship medals, including Commonwealth and European Indoor gold.
PAUL JOHNSON (Squash)
He competed in squash for Greenwich at the London Youth Games before going on to win three medals at the sport’s premier tournament, the Commonwealth Games, including doubles gold in 1998. He reached a career high of no4 in the world and was part of an England team that won seven successive European Championships.
RACHEL YANKEY (Football)
Competed for Brent in football at the London Youth Games before going on to be one of the most decorated female footballers the country has ever produced. She has won over 100 international caps and 26 major trophies. She is also the patron of the 2011 London Youth Games.
Between them, the six inductees have competed at 12 Olympic or Paralympic Games, 9 Commonwealth Games, have represented their country on more than 400 occasions and have won 65 medals at international level.
London Youth Games Chairman Anthony Kendall said: “Congratulations to all our inductees. They are all magnificent examples to young Londoners and demonstrate what can be achieved through the London Youth Games and beyond.
“Our Hall of Fame inductees are just one example of the type of legacy the London Youth Games is helping to deliver.
"We are very mindful of the type of legacy Seb Coe spoke of when winning the bid for London 2012 in Singapore six years ago. He spoke of the ‘need to inspire a generation of young people to take part in local volunteering and physical activity’.
“The London Youth Games has built up record participation numbers of 71,000 this year and there are now around 400 young people who volunteer at London Youth Games events.
"These people will be the backbone of London sport for generations to come. The London Youth Games is delivering a tangible legacy every year for London.”
PICTURE: Chemmy Alcott at the Hall of Fame induction with Ian Tyler, Chief Executive of Balfour Beatty and London Youth Games Chairman Anthony Kendall