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Virtual Games: Team Camden going for gold

02 July, 2020 — By Steve Barnett

TEAM Camden are facing “a nervous but very exciting” wait to see if they will be crowned champions of the first ever Virtual Games.

Youngsters from across the capital have spent the past month taking part in weekly sport-related challenges that can be done at home, at school or while out for their daily exercise.

The final three events were released this week, with precious points up for grabs in athletics, cricket and boccia.

Team Camden went into the last lap of the competition in second place overall on 282 points – just six points behind leaders Bromley. Croydon are third with 267 points.

Ben Dorsett, who works for Camden Council’s Sport and Physical Activity Service, and manages the borough’s young athletes, said: “The champions are being unveiled on Saturday, and we’re all excited and nervous in equal measures.

“Bromley have been strong contenders for the crown throughout the Virtual Games, but we’ve been hot on their heels throughout.

“We’re in silver position now, and have been since week one, and who knows, maybe by Saturday we will have done enough to win gold and take the title.”

Whatever happens, the Camden team have made their borough proud during the Virtual Games, which were devised after the London Youth Games were cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

In the penultimate round of challenges Team Camden proved they had all the right moves as they won gold in the dance competition after perfecting better routines than any other borough.

They also scooped a silver medal in the hockey challenge, executing as many Indian dribbles – a technique consisting of pushing the ball rapidly from right to left and then from left to right repeatedly by turning the hockey stick – as they could in 30 seconds.

Like all challenges that have been laid down, there were tweaks to make the events open to everyone. For example, those without a hockey stick could use a broom or an umbrella instead.

The gold and silver medals have been added to Team Camden’s already impressive medal haul, which includes a gold in the football kick-ups competition, and bronze medals in judo, basketball, athletics and netball.

The challenge never really took off for neighbouring rivals Islington, who look set to finish bottom out of the 33 London boroughs that took part in the competition.

Throughout the Games participants have been encouraged to share videos of their entries on social media using #ThisIsLYG.

To see some of the action for yourself visit www.londonyouthgames.org or follow LYG on social media.

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