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The Balfour Beatty London Youth Games Hall of Fame and Annual Awards is the yearly celebration of the successes of former and current participants, volunteers, coaches, officials and partner organisations.
Since the launch of the event in 2009, 32 former London Youth Games competitors who have gone on to world-class sporting careers have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. The list features some the UK's greatest sportspeople of the last three decades including London 2012 superstars Bradley Wiggins, David Weir and Mo Farah.
To date, the London Youth Games Hall of Fame inductees have won 46 Olympic or Paralympic medals, 121 World Championship medals and amassed nearly 2000 international appearances for their country. The Hall of Fame athletes cover 17 sports and 22 London boroughs.
The Balfour Beatty London Youth Games Hall of Fame athletes are:
CHEMMY ALCOTT - SKI RACER SUPREME
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011. She represented Richmond in tennis and dry slope skiing as a youngster before going on to become one of the UK’s most successful alpine ski racers. She is the only British ski racer to have won a single run in a World Cup race, she has represented Team GB at four Olympic Games.
MAGGIE ALPHONSI - RUGBY TRAILBLAZER
Began her competitive career playing girls' tag rugby for Enfield at the London Youth Games. She has become one of the world's foremost players in the women's game. Known as "The Machine", she has played a key role in England winning seven successive Six Nations wins and the 2014 World Cup. Inducted in 2012
STEVE BACKLEY - JAVELIN LEGEND
Competed for Bexley as a youngster at the London Youth Games. Twice broke the javelin world record and is the only British track and field athlete to have won medals at three successive Olympic Games. Winner of nine further major championship medals, including four European gold. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009 and hosted the 2011, 2012 & 2013 ceremonies.
ELAINE BARRETT - PARALYMPIC CHAMP
Introduction to competitive sport came after coach Michelle Weltmann was tasked with recruiting Hackney’s London Youth Games disability swimming team. From that point, she rose to the very top, winning five Paralympic medals, including gold in the SB11 (blind) class at Athens 2004. Also won 29 World or European medals; inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.
KARINA BRYANT - JUDO LEGEND
In her final fight, Karina Bryant crowned her career by winning bronze, her first ever Olympic medal at London 2012. It was the 16th major medal of a careerwhich also included seven World Championhip medals and four European titles. She began her career competing for Kingston and the London Youth Games and was inducted in 2013.
STEVE BUCKNALL - TRAILBLAZING BALLER
Widely recognised as the first bona-fide Englishman to play in the NBA. He represented Lambeth at the 1979 London Youth Games and went on to play around the world including alongside Magic Johnson for the LA Lakers. He crowned his career by winning bronze at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Winner of over 100 international caps, he was inducted in 2014.
LINFORD CHRISTIE – SPRINT KING
Competed at the first ever London Youth Games in 1977 for Hammersmith & Fulham where he was only selected for the relay. One of the most successful British athletes of all-time, becoming the only man to simultaneously hold the Olympic, World, European, Commonwealth 100m titles. Winner of 24 major championship medals, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009.
TASHA DANVERS - HURDLES STAR
Competed for Croydon in athletics at the London Youth Games. As a 400m hurdler, she won silver at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and bronze at the 2008 Olympic Games; inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010.
LUOL DENG – BASKETBALL SUPERSTAR
Competed for Croydon at the London Youth Games before going on to become one of the world’s premier basketball players and one of the biggest stars of the NBA. Twice an NBA All-Star, He was patron of the 2009 London Youth Games and was inducted into the Hall of Fame the same year.
TIM DON - TRIATHLON HERO
Competed for Hounslow in the triathlon at the London Youth Games. He has gone on to be one of the UK’s foremost competitors in triathlon. He has competed in three Olympic triathlons and is the only man ever to win the World Triathlon, World Duathlon and World Aquathlon titles. He was inducted into the London Youth Games Hall of Fame in 2011.
MO FARAH – CHAMPION DISTANCE RUNNER
Represented Hounslow in cross country at the London Youth Games, placing 9th in the 1994 under 13s race. Made history by winning double gold in the 10,000m and 5000m at the 2012 Olympic Games and repeating the feat at the 2013 World Championships, where he also defended his 5000m title. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010.
RIO FERDINAND - FOOTBALL ICON
Competed for Southwark in gymnastics at the London Youth Games. But it is in football, where he made his name. As of January 2014, he had won ten major trophies, including five Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League in 2007/08 where he was captain. Has captained England on several occasions; inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010.
GEMMA GIBBONS - JUDO QUEEN
Represented Greenwich in judo at the London Youth Games. She won bronze in the 2009 World Universiade - the premier international student competition. But at London 2012, she made a massive step up, winning silver in the under 78kg class becoming the first British judoka to win an Olympic medal for 12 years. Patron of the 2013 London Youth Games, inducted in 2012.
DALTON GRANT - HIGH JUMP STAR
The high jumper represented Hackney in athletics at the London Youth Games. He enjoyed a 16 year career at international level which garnered five major championship medals including gold at the 1994 European Indoors and gold at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. He represented Great Britain at three Olympic Games. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.
DARREN HALL - SHUTTLE SPEED
Widely regarded as the greatest British badminton men's singles player in the history of the game. He is a 10-times English Champion, five-times Commonwealth medallist, former European men's single champion and a double Olympian. He represented Waltham Forest at the London Youth Games and was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2013.
RICHARD HOUNSLOW - KAYAK KING
Competed at the London Youth Games for Harrow. With partner David Florence, he won silver in the C2 class at the 2012 Olympic Games. He has also won five World Championship medals including one gold and six European Championship medals, including two gold. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.
MARK HUNTER - AWESOME OARSMAN
Represented Havering at the London Youth Games, where he took part in some of his early rowing competitions. Has enjoyed a stellar international career in the lightweight double sculls with partner Zac Purchase, including winning 2008 Olympic gold, 2012 Olympic silver and World Championship gold medals in 2010 and 2011. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009.
PAUL JOHNSON - SQUASH STAR
Competed for Greenwich before going on to a top-class squash career, peaking as World no4. Enjoyed major success at the Commonwealth Games, the sport's most prestigious competition, winning men's doubles gold and singles bronze in 1998 and men's doubles bronze in 2002. Won seven European Team Championships with England, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.
DERVIS KONURALP –SWIMMING KING
Represented Hackney at the London Youth Games as a visually impaired disability swimmer before going on to a successful international career in the pool. Competed at four Paralympic Games, winning bronze in the S13 50m freestyle in Sydney 2000 and bronze in the S13 200m individual medley at Athens 2004. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009.
RICHARD KRUSE - SHARP SWORDSMAN
He competed for Barnet at the London Youth Games before going on to a superb international career that has garnered six European medals and three Olympic selections. In reaching the quarter-finals of the individual foil at Athens 2004, he produced the best performance at the Olympics by a British male for 40 years. Inducted in 2013.
CRAIG MOATE - SWIMMING LEGEND
Won his first major medal at the 1989 London Youth Games for Barking & Dagenham. As a learning disability classified swimmer, he didn't have the opportunity to compete at the Paralympics. But he won 17 World and 10 European Championship medals, as well as break 11 world records. Inducted in 2014.
AMANDA NEWTON - NETBALL LEGEND
She represented Newham in netball at the London Youth Games before going on to become one of the country’s greatest players. She represented England on more than 100 occasions, picking up Commonwealth Games and World Championship bronze medals in a high-class career. She was inducted into the London Youth Games Hall of Fame in 2010.
CHRISTINE OHURUOGU - OLYMPIC HERO
Represented Newham at the London Youth Games in both netball and athletics. One of the most successful British athletes ever. She won Olympic 400m gold in 2008 and Olympic silver in 2012. She is the only British woman ever to win gold at two World Championships in 2007 and 2013. She was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2009.
JOHN REGIS - SPRINTING POWERHOUSE
One of the mainstays of the GB athletics team in the 1980s and 1990s. He represented Lewisham at the London Youth Games before going on to enjoy a superb international career as a 200m sprinter and relay specialist. Winner of 18 medals at major championships, including two Olympic medals, two World gold and two European gold. Inducted in 2012.
NAOMI RICHES - ROWING HEROINE
Competed for Harrow at the London Youth Games as a swimmer. The visually impaired athlete resumed her competitive career as a rower and went on to win Olympic gold in the mixed coxed sculls at London 2012, improving on her bronze in the same event in Bejing 2008. Winner of eight World Championship medals, including six gold. Inducted in 2012.
JOANNA ROWSELL - WHEELS ON FIRE
First represented Sutton at the 2004 London Youth Games, where she helped the borough to silver in the cycling. Since then, it has been a golden journey. Winner of gold in the team pursuit at the 2012 Olympics, she has also won multiple gold at World & European Championships and Commonwealth Games. Inducted in 2012.
ALEX SCOTT - CENTURIAN FOOTBALLER
Played football for Tower Hamlets at the London Youth Games and went on to win over 100 international caps. She has represented England at three Euro Championships and two World Cups. She scored the winning goal for Arsenal when the won the UEFA Women's Cup in 2007. Inducted in 2013.
ZOE SMITH - STRONG WOMAN
Her first experience of competitive sport came at the London Youth Games as a gymnast, asked to try out as a weightlifter from Greenwich, she discoverd her huge talent. Represented GB at London 2012 then won European bronze and Commonwealth gold in 2014. Inducted in 2014.
DAVID WEIR - PARALYMPIC SUPERSTAR
One of his first ever athletics competitions was in the colours of Sutton at the London Youth Games. He is one of the greatest Paralympic athletes of all-time. In wheelchair racing, he has won ten Paralympic medals a from 2004-2012 including six gold. He attained iconic status with quadruple gold at London 2012. Six times London Marathon winner was inducted in 2010.
BRADLEY WIGGINS - CYCLING ICON
Represented Westminster in cycling at the London Youth Games. He is the only British cyclist ever to win the Tour de France, triumphing in 2012. He is also one of Britain's greatest ever Olympic athletes, having won seven Olympic medals including four gold from 2000-2012. Also a multiple World champion on track and road. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010.
RACHEL YANKEY - ENGLAND FOOTBALL LEGEND
Represented Brent in football at the London Youth Games. Winner every domestic honour in the game, part of the all-conquering 2007 Arsenal Ladies team, the first English club ever to win the UEFA Women’s Cup. Winner of over 100 international caps for England. Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2011.
PETE WATERFIELD - WATER WINNER
A multiple London Youth Games medallist for Waltham Forest, he continued his medal winning ways at senior level. The highlight was winning Olympic silver with partner Leon Taylor at Athens 2004. He also won Commonwealth gold and silver in a superb international career. Inducted in 2013.
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