Wandsworth Triumphs with Gold at London Youth Games Inclusive Basketball and Para Swimming

Inclusive Basketball Thursday 25th April 2024 at Score Centre, East London and Para Swimming Tuesday 14th May 2024 at The Spa at Beckenham – Wandsworth’s Para Sports teams have celebrated 2 victories in recent London Youth Games competitions. The boys secured the gold medal at the London Youth Games Inclusive Basketball competition. Whilst at the LYG Para Swimming Competition the girls brought home the Silver and the boys were declared the champions, stealing the Para Games Swimming cup from the 2023 winners, Royal Greenwich. The London Youth Games Para Competitions, known for promoting inclusivity and diversity in sports, brings together teams from across the 33 London Boroughs to compete for the para trophies.

The London Youth Games hosted an Inclusive Basketball Competition this year for the first time, which brought together athletes of all abilities, promoting a message of inclusion and equality through sport. The Wandsworth Inclusive Basketball team showcased 8 athletes from Garratt Park School, who displayed outstanding skill levels, determination and teamwork to get to the final with Westminster, closing in a thrilling match where they secured the gold medal.

The Para Swimming team brought together five female and six male athletes from 5 different Wandsworth schools and local swimming clubs. The team represented a diverse range of disabilities, from learning, sensory hearing, sensory visual to physical disabilities. The athletes competed in individual freestyle and backstroke events; picking up 2 Gold, 6 Silvers and 1 Bronze medal as well as coming together as a team to bring home the Gold in 3 out of 4 of the relay events!

Wandsworth’s achievements highlight the Sport and Activity Developments team’s commitment to promoting inclusive sports and providing opportunities for all young athletes to shine.

Aaliyah Oliver, Senior Disability Sport and Activity Lead, expressed her pride in the teams accomplishment: “It is great to see the young people excel and find their place in sport. Some of them represent Wandsworth for a number of years and it is so wonderful to see their individual journeys and watch them grow in confidence over the years. It is heartwarming to observe young people from different schools and boroughs forming friendships through sport.  I feel privileged to be  part of their sporting journeys and can’t wait to see them continue to excel.”

Enable’s diverse Disability Sports and Activity programme, covering sports competition, weekly activities and multisports holiday camps, and funding to local clubs such as Dolphin Swimming Club, Wandsworth Amateur Swimming Association and Disability Sports Coach is a true reflection of its commitment to inclusivity. The Sport & Activity Development Team should be very proud of their  dedication to breaking down the barriers to accessing sports experienced by people with disabilities.

As the celebrations continue, Wandsworth, and Enable look forward to building on this success and inspiring more young people to participate in inclusive sports with Para Athletics, Para Football and Para Indoor Rowing yet to come. The Borough’s triumph at the London Youth Games serves as a reminder of the unifying power of sports and the limitless potential of inclusive communities.

 

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