Young people from across Torbay have returned from the biggest junior sporting event in the county with gold and silver medals.
Over 2000 young people from across Devon, including more than 100 from Torbay, took part in Devon Games to Inspire on Saturday 10 July in Tavistock.
The event, formally known as the Devon Youth Games, is an annual celebration to promote the links between culture and sport, community youth support and sport for all, as well as opportunities for everyone.
Participants competed in a variety of sports and activities, which included traditional team sports, water-based sports, athletics and street sports.
In addition, there were dance showcases, a samba and African drumming band and international trail bike rider, Andrei Burton, wowed the crowds with his nail-biting stunts.
Olympic silver medallist and British modern pentathlete Heather Fell, was among the VIP guests and presented trophies to the winning teams.
Gold medals were achieved by Torbay’s year 9 and 10 Aquathlon Team. Silver medals were won by Torbay’s year 7 and 8 Aquathlon Team and the Table Tennis Team. The Badminton and Gymnastics teams just missed out on a medal placing, but are determined to continue to train hard for next year.
Torbay Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, Councillor Dave Butt, said: “Well done to all of Torbay’s young people who took part in this event and especially those who returned with medals.
“The Devon Games to Inspire is a fantastic opportunity for young people to compete in a mass participation event and find out how much fun it is. Combining a fun event with healthy competition can really inspire children and young people to take up regular sporting activities, which can help them to lead healthier lives.”
The event is funded by a number of organisations including RELAYS (Regional Educational Legacy for Art and Youth Sport), Team Devon, the Devon Economic Partnership, Mansbridge and Balment, RM Builders, NPS Group and local authorities from across the county and was organised this year by West Devon Borough Council.