Tower Hamlets win Regatta Trophy at London Youth Games

21st Jul 2022
Yolanda Martin

Young people in Tower Hamlets made an impressive performance in London Youth Games’ water-based events in 2022, winning the Regatta Trophy today, in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year, and the 45th anniversary of the Games.


The Regatta Trophy is awarded to only 1 of the 33 London boroughs. Out of them all, Tower Hamlets excelled in the Sailing, Kayak Sprint and Kayak Slalom events.


Young people from Tower Hamlets paddled their way to silver medals in Kayak Sprint at Lee Valley White Water Centre in May 2022, competing at the world-class Olympic venue where London 2012 Olympics took place.


On top of that, the team skilfully navigated the Kayak Slalom course to reach 5th position in the Kayak Slalom.


Just before the 2022 Cowes Week took place, Tower Hamlets competed in the Sailing event at Queen Marys Reservoir on 25 and 26th June. They came away boasting the 1st place trophy, after competing against 24 boroughs.


Steve Dolben, Tower Hamlets Borough Team Organiser, said: “We are absolutely delighted at the performances of our young people in the Kayak and Sailing events at the London Youth Games this year. All of the young people who competed have done themselves and our borough extremely proud. A big thank you must also go to the team manager and all the volunteers who supported at the competition and in the lead up to event. We look forward to defending the Regatta Trophy in 2023.”


Geoff Thompson MBE, Chair of London Youth Games, commented: “Congratulations to Tower Hamlets and all those involved in London Youth Games. In a 2012 Olympic and Paralympic 10th Anniversary year, Sport, and London Youth Games is a great unifier in bringing communities together. Each one of us is aware of lives being lost on London’s streets and I believe sport and London Youth Games has such an important role in boosting our young people’s life chances, creating opportunities, and ultimately saving lives. I became Chair of London Youth Games to give more young people the chance to participate in the Games and I want to create a youth games where every single young Londoner wants to be involved in some way, assisted by all the agencies who support our efforts, providing a real and lasting legacy opportunity for all.”


Joe Clarke MBE, Olympic and World Champion in canoe slalom said: “It’s really important for these young people to compete in the London Youth Games. It’ll open a doorway for them, that they may not have known was there. Using the Lee Valley White Water Centre, one of the most used Olympic venues, is inspiring the next generation and this sport is growing.”