Lancaster top medal table at end of sports festival

Action from the swimming competition in the pool at Salt Ayre.
Action from the swimming competition in the pool at Salt Ayre.
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Lancaster topped the medal table after a festival of junior sport took over the district.

The International Youth Games took place last week and saw more than 400 young people from across Europe competing in 10 sports.

It was the ninth time that Lancaster has held the International Youth Games and competition took place at venues across the district including Salt Ayre Sports Centre, Lancaster University, Morecambe High School and the John O’Gaunt Rowing Club.

Sports included athletics, badminton, rowing, table tennis, tennis, golf, karate, and swimming.

For the first time, echoing the success of the London 2012 Paralympics, disability sports also featured in the International Youth Games.

As the games closed with a ceremony at Salt Ayre Sports Centre on Friday night the home team topped the table with an impressive 70 gold, 100 silver and 95 bronze medals.

As well as the sports events there were cultural, music and dance activities.

Coun Ron Sands, cabinet member with responsibility for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “The games were a great success and we received some very positive feedback from our European compatriots.

“I would like to thank everybody who was involved in their organisation, without whom they could not have taken place, and the families who hosted the visiting competitors.

“The unique thing about the International Youth Games is not just in the competitiveness of the sports but the sharing of experiences and learning about people from different countries.

“The games also showcased the district and its sporting venues and it was good to see so many participants enjoying our facilities.”

The 2014 games will take place in Almere, Netherlands.