Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

02nd September 2009

Christine Gold in Beijing

Linford Christie, Luol Deng and Christine Ohuorugu will be amongst those inducted at the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games Hall of Fame night on September 15th. 

The special ceremony will be celebrating contribution the London Youth Games has made to the careers of some of London's most successful sportsmen and women.

Linford Christie whose career included an Olympic 100m Gold Medal in Barcelona helped the Games celebrate its 500,000th competitor earlier this year.  Linford was delighted to hear of his induction saying,

“I took part at the first ever London Youth Games and the experience of a competitive multi sport environment really helped me on my way.”

As well as Linford the following athletes are being recognised for world-class achievement:

  • Steve Backley (Athletics) - competed for Bexley before picking up Olympic Medals in successive Games. 
  • Mark Hunter (Rowing) - competed for Havering at the London Youth Games won Gold at the Olympics in Beijing.
  • Christine Ohuruogu (Athletics) - competed in Netball and Athletics at the Games for Newham has won Olympic and World Championship Gold at 400m.
  • Luol Deng (Basketball) competed for Croydon at the London Youth Games  before embarking on a successful NBA career where he now captains the Chicago Bulls.  
  • Dervis Konuralp (Swimming) competed for Greenwich in disability swimming has now won multiple major championships in visually impaired swimming.  

Anthony Kendall, Chairman of the London Youth Games, said

"Each year the Games act as a springboard for some of London's finest sporting talent.  I am pleased to be able to recognise their achievements and also to hear how important the London Youth Games was in their careers."