In addition to the thousands of people who help to organise and deliver London Youth Games activity in the boroughs, there is also a full-time London Youth Games team of staff. They are:
Russell Findlay – Chief Executive
Russell has led the team at London Youth Games since 2008. He leads on creating and implementing the strategy of the Games, developing key partnerships and generating and managing funding. His background includes working at the LTA and as Chief Executive of Fulham FC Foundation. He is passionate about anything competitive, particularly football and cycling. In cycling, he has taken part in several of the world’s most renowned mountain climbs.
Jane Stewart – Head of Operations
Jane joined in December 2008. She manages the Sports and Events programme and is responsible for disciplinary issues, welfare and operations on site. She is a former Competition Manager and Tournament Director for a portfolio of competitions at the Lawn Tennis Association. She enjoys tennis, cycling, rugby and golf. In her youth she won regional medals in tennis and trampoline.
Chris Broadbent – Communications Manager
Chris has been with the organisation since January 2010. He is responsible for raising the profile and generating publicity for the London Youth Games and partners. He was Press Officer for Team GB’s athletics team at the 2008 Olympics. His favourite sports are athletics and speedway. His biggest sporting achievement is cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
Helen Killingley - Games Development Officer
Helen joined the London Youth Games in 2009. She is responsible for the competition delivery and overall management of all the volunteer programmes across the London Youth Games. She works with all 33 London Boroughs to grow the opportunities for both athletes and volunteers. She has co-ordinated young volunteers at multiple events on the London sporting calendar. Her favourite sports are skiing and swimming but gets involved in any challenge. She has swam the distance of the English Channel in a pool charity event.
Naomi Lewis – School & Community Competitions Officer
Naomi joined in January 2012 after previously being a Competition Manager in Hampshire and Borough Team Organiser for Lambeth. Her role is in supporting School Games Organisers across London. Her favourite sports are netball and volleyball. Her most notable sporting achievement was being selected for the British Cycling Sprint’s Olympic Development Programme for 2009/10.
Nicky Affleck - School & Community Competitions Officer
Nicky joined in December 2011. She is responsible for supporting School Games Organisers across London in the embedding of the School Games. Her previous experience is as a Competitions Manager for Westminster and Lambeth and as a teacher. Her favourite sports are swimming and hockey. Her biggest sporting achievement was swimming for her county for five successive years.
Marina Harden – GamesForce Officer
Marina joined in October 2013, and is responsible for the promotion of GamesForce, including the recruitment, retention and rewarding of volunteers.
Marina volunteered as a GamesForce member during the 2013 season and was nominated as Volunteer of the Year (over 25) at the 2013 Balfour Beatty Hall of Fame awards. She enjoys athletics, netball and sailing and her greatest sporting achievement is crossing The Atlantic onboard a tall ship.Foxy – Official Mascot
Foxy has been the official mascot of the London Youth Games since 2010. He is responsible for helping to promote the London Youth Games and to broaden its appeal. He is a fan of all sports, except hunting. He was the leading mascot in the 2010 Sport Relief Mile in London.
Borough Team Officers
Borough Team Officers (BTO) co-ordinate their Borough's team and a full list of BTO contacts can be downloaded on the right of this page.
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