The Lensbury based team romp to victory
The Lensbury based kayak squad representing Richmond took victory at the London Youth Games.
The London Youth Games are the largest youth sports event in Europe, comprising of 85 events across 31 different sports. All 33 of London’s boroughs are represented and last year over 126,000 young sportsmen and women competed in the games.
The 2015 edition is currently underway and last weekend Richmond’s kayak team took to the water at the Royal Victoria Docks to compete against the best of their age-groups in London.
The team, who train at The Lensbury, comprised of Callum Garforth (Senior Male), Leo Tamlin (Junior Male) and sisters Abigail Avery (Senior Female), and Laruen Avery (Junior Female).
In qualifying, all four put in strong enough performances over their opening two runs to make smooth progresses through to the finals.
As the finals began the wind picked up. Leo was first up, and a solid run saw him finish in seventh place overall. Lauren started brilliantly but a sudden gust turned the front of her boat, causing her to miss a gate, she quickly recovered but lost valuable time, coming home in second place overall, just a small margin adrift of the winning time.
Abigail then put in another great run securing fifth place overall, an amazing result for an 11 year old, competing against athletes up to 18 years old.
Callum had been waiting and watching everyone complete their runs, and when his time came, he took his chance well, grabbing a bronze medal position in the process.
Leo Tamlin (Junior Male) – 7th
Lauren Avery (Junior Female)– 2nd
Callum Garforth (Senior Male) – 3rd
Abigail Avery (Senior Female) – 5th
Callum Garforth, Leo Tamlin, Rob Beer, Deputy Mayor of Richmond Jean Loveland, Abigail Avery, Lauren Avery.
The highly prestigious team event was decided by adding each team’s three best runs of the day, which was enough to see Richmond take the title.
Special thanks to Elaine Cahill (Richmond Sports Development), Mark Hughes (The Lensbury)
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