STAGING Richmond defends title at London Youth Games - British Rowing

Richmond defends title at London Youth Games

London Youth Games

The latest London Youth Games Rowing Regatta sponsored by Thames Water took place at the London Regatta Centre at the weekend.

The event, hosted by London Youth Games Limited but actually delivered by London Youth Rowing, was a great success. The Regatta for all levels of ability from young people aged 11 – 18 years is open to all of the capital’s 33 boroughs.


The Games are a mix of over 30 sports and allow over 50,000 young people annually to play sport, to compete and represent their borough. London Youth Rowing has staged the Regatta for the last three years and this is on the back of the incredibly successful Indoor Rowing Event early in July.

“It’s a great event and a great opportunity for these young people to get on the water and start racing” said Matt Rostron, LYR Managing Director, “we really enjoy hosting the event, it’s a lot of hard work but the ethos fits in very neatly with that of LYR and we are proud to be able to help out”.

Richmond successfully defended their rowing title at the Thames Water London Youth Games Regatta at the weekend. The borough won the rowing event in 2010 and also in 2009. Greenwich bettered their 2010 finish by two places to come runners-up, while Redbridge too jumped two spots from fifth last year to third this year.

Team GB rowing team members Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell and Andy Triggs-Hodge were both present at the event and were full of praise for the London Youth Games.

Olympic gold medallist Triggs-Hodge said: “Opportunities like this are great; it’s really great to see all these kids getting a taste for the sport.”

Reilly-O’Donnell said: “Events like this are fantastic to gain people’s confidence in those early years and the chance to race rather than just train or go up and down a river without the sort of intensity or challenge that racing brings.”

London Youth Rowing