P&G Surrey Youth Games success shines on
22 June 2011
It rained, it poured, but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm or enjoyment for any of the 2400 competitors who took part in the P&G Surrey Youth Games at Surrey Sports Park.
Reigate and Banstead were crowned the overall champions, with Elmbridge second and Woking coming close in third place, but it was a celebration for all as all each borough and district secured gold, silver and bronze medals. Notable successes were Surrey Heath's 6 gold medals (top gold medal winner), and Epsom & Ewell and Mole Valley's haul of bronze medals, with 6 and 5 respectively.
The Games were already under way when the rain fell on Saturday tennis, hockey, netball and football matches abruptly interrupted as everyone ran for cover. However it soon passed and after a short delay, all were back fiercely competing for gold and proudly representing their borough.
Meanwhile inside competitors were oblivious to the rain hurtling down outside as they skilfully contended in badminton, boxing, squash and boccia (a seated version of bowls).
Sunday brought brighter weather and cricket, rugby, netball and hockey took place without the drama of the day before. Battle also re-commenced inside with squash, judo, basketball and swimming competitions.
The P&G Surrey Youth Games have continued to grow and develop since 1997 with the much-valued support of Procter & Gamble.
Competitors had the unique opportunity to meet Sam Lowe (a British Commonwealth Games champion), Charlotte Carbery (an England U17 Excel Programme Netballer), Matthew James, an England Boccia Player, and Pauline Bird, who competed in rowing in the 1976 and 1980 Olympics and gained Commonwealth Games Silver Medals in 1986.
One of the main aims of the Games is to encourage young people to develop their sporting skills and promote physical activity as well as fair play in sport. Over 3,500 young people have attended local coaching sessions over the past two months in preparation for the Games and for many of the players selected the event is their first experience of countywide competition.
The Games aim to encourage young people to develop their sporting skills; promote physical activity; promote fair play in sport; and to continue involvement in sport through coaching and officiating. The commitment of over 300 volunteers played a huge part in the overall success of the Games.