Sutton's young athletes most improved in London

Sutton Guardian: Cheam's Olympic cyclist, Joanna Rowsell Cheam's Olympic cyclist, Joanna Rowsell

Sutton’s young athletes have been named the most improved in London.

The strong performances in the London Youth Games, in which young athletes from the 33 boroughs compete in 30 different sports, will be recognised this evening at the Youth Games Awards at Lord’s cricket ground.

This year's athletes have taken the borough up from 20th to 11th in the capital’s league table.

Councillor Jill Whitehead, chairman of Sutton’s environment and neighbourhoods committee, said: "I would like to congratulate all of the young people who performed so well in the various sports.

"Sutton offers excellent sports facilities and training opportunities, so it is particularly pleasing to see that investment is helping our young people succeed."

Sutton topped the table in male disability swimming, female gymnastics and female squash and managed second place in tennis, female disability swimming and female disability football.

Carshalton cycling star Joanna Rowsell, who won Gold in the Team Pursuit at the London 2012 Olympics, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on the night.

She joins David Weir, who represented Sutton in wheelchair athletics at the Youth Games before going on to win six Olympic Gold medals and six London marathons and is already included in the Hall of Fame.

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