DESPITE a heavy downpour of rain, there was no dampening the spirits of the participants at this year’s Herts Youth Games.
Over 1,000 young people, aged 8-16, flocked to the Hertfordshire Sports Village from across the county to compete in the annual event which included competitions in seven different sports.
Dacorum’s youngsters battled their way to medals in four team events – basketball, cricket and both age groups in the Aquathon - and the borough finished in fifth place overall.
The Dacorum team, organised by Sportspace - Dacorum Sports Trust, in partnership with Dacorum Borough Council, is led by sports development officer Alison Adams.
Alison paid tribute to all the Dacorum representatives who part in the games, saying: “The Dacorum team really gave it their all and rose to the challenge of the event.
“The hard work was done by the team managers who ran the trials, selected the team and trained and supported them both before and on the day of the event.”
The games are a celebration of sports development and seek to raise the profile of sport for everyone, encouraging the involvement and development of coaches, leaders and volunteers.
They also aim to promote sporting attitudes of health, fun, fair play and the enjoyment of participation.
Tony Marmo, games organiser representing the Herts Youth Games Association, said: “It was a fantastic day with all the athletes showing healthy rivalry and bucket loads of enthusiasm.”