Greenwich team member
Young triumph at the 2008 Youth Games
Matt Cooke, BBC London
Teams from across London have triumphed at the Crystal Palace Youth Games. The Bexley team came 5th out of 33 London boroughs, with Greenwich coming in 18th place.
Europe's largest youth sports event has come to an end, after five weeks of action with 25,000 young Londoner's taking part in 34 different sports.
The 31st Balfour Beatty London Youth Games brought together teams from across the city - with the official competition opened by England rugby star Danny Cipriani carrying the 'Games torch' into the Crystal Palace stadium.
Greenwich team member
The England and London-Wasps fly-half said: “I played a variety of sports, including cricket, rugby and football, as a youngster and really enjoyed testing myself against the best in my age group."
He added: "I’ve been impressed by the talent on show here today and the one piece of advice I have to all the youngsters who I have met is to train hard and maybe one day they might represent their country at their chosen sport."
Other stars on hand to help motivate the young athletes included Olympic 400m hopeful Christine Ohuruogu, who herself had previously competed in the Youth Games as a Newham youngster.
Mayor, Kate Howie and school children
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said the games: “offer great opportunities for young Londoners to assess their sporting skills and give them pride in representing their local community."
He added:" I know that many thousands of young Londoners have benefited from the event during its 31 years and I am sure many more will do so in the future.”
Other stars who started out at the London Youth Games include Bexley's javelin thrower Steve Backley and Southwark footballer Rio Ferdinand.
From cycling to athletics, weightlifting to basketball the events drew crowds of over 3,000 school children to cheer on their local teams.
FULL TABLE OF RESULTS
The annual Balfour Beatty London Youth Games are open to anyone aged between seven and 17. Each of the 32 London Boroughs and the City of London enters teams. Here's the full table of results:
Greenwich team member picks up award
Sponsors of the event, Balfour Beatty, have pledged to invest £1.7 million into the event until 2013.
last updated: 08/07/2008 at 14:59