Last night (13/07/2016) the best in Richmond sport gathered together for a glittering awards ceremony at the Twickenham Stoop, the home of Harlequins Rugby. It was an evening of high achievements as Richmond celebrated 3rd place in the Jubilee Trophy at the London Youth Games 2016. It was also a chance to recognise the performances and contributions from athletes, coaches and clubs.
The London Youth Games is Europe’s largest youth sports event and is contested by the 32 boroughs in London. Richmond is the 3rd smallest borough and it makes it therefore all the more remarkable that they achieved a podium finish. The girls cricket team who were represented exclusively by Bushy Park Girls were re-awarded their silver medals after reaching the Lords Final back in March 2016. Congratulations to Ella Waldren, Phoebe Head, Sadie Day, Abi Avery, Jess Low and Imogen Higgins who were at the ceremony last night, also to Emma Bridge and Amelie Munday who unfortunately couldn’t be at The Stoop.
It was a night of achievement and recognition for the whole club too as Mark Avery was nominated in the Team Manager of the Year category but the biggest cheer of the night was for Bushy Park Girls CC as they won the trophy for Overall Contribution to the Richmond LYG team. It is a humbling accolade for a club that was only founded in 2012 by club president Natalie Raja. Previous winners include Teddington Hockey Club (2008), Busen Martial Arts (2009), Walbrook Rowing Club (2010) and Twickenham Cycling Club (2011 & 2014) to name a few.
Other Bushy Park Girls who were awarded medals and competed in LYG events were Ella Waldren and Phoebe Head (Girls Football), Jessamy Low (Girls Table Tennis) and most notably Lauren Avery and Abigail Avery who won gold medals in the Kayak Sprint. Teddington School, where many of our players are educated, also won a trophy for Schools Participation in the girls category. Congratulations to Ella, Pheobe, Sadie, Lauren and Abi who received the award on Teddington’s behalf.
Thank you to Dan Hughes (Sports Development Officer at London Borough of Richmond upon Thames) and Councillors Peter Buckwell and Martin Seymour who have supported our Bushy Park Girls in the indoor cricket arena, and who continue to champion all sports throughout Richmond Borough.