Hall of Fame
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, 24 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 44 Olympic or Paralympic medals, 81 World Championship medals and amassed over 1200 international appearances for their country. The Hall of Fame athletes cover thirteen sports and sixteen 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 is also the only British female ski racer ever to have competed at three 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 a historic first-ever series victory over New Zealand. 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 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.
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. He is the captain of the iconic Chicago Bulls and the GB basketball team. 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. He won 5000m gold and 10,000m silver at the 2011 World Championships and is a multiple European champion. 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 November 2012, he had won nine 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.
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 four World Championship medals 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.
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 of her generation, winning Commonwealth and World 400m gold before going on to win Olympic gold in Beijing in 2008 and Olympic silver at London 2012. Patron of the 2010 London Youth Games, 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 is disability swimming. 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 seven World Championship medals, including five 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 gold at three World Championships and one European Championships. Inducted in 2012.
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. Winner of 11 World Champs medals, including six gold, 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. As of November 2012, she is England's most-capped outfield player in the men's or women's game with 126 caps. Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2011.
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