Lancaster youngsters top medal table at halfway point of Youth Games

Rafi Scott won silver for Lancaster in the 1997 Boys Triple Jump with 9.52 metres. Picture: Nigel Slater
Rafi Scott won silver for Lancaster in the 1997 Boys Triple Jump with 9.52 metres. Picture: Nigel Slater

Lancaster stormed to the top of the medal table at the halfway point of the International Youth Games.

The festival of sport between the city’s young stars and partner towns from across Europe is taking over the district until tomorrow, Friday.

Youngsters aged 14 to 16 from Almere in the Netherlands, Aalborg in Denmark, Rendsburg in Germany and Lublin in Poland are providing the opposition.

But as the Guardian went to press on Wednesday evening, Lancaster, representing England, had 40 gold medals, 55 silver and 42 bronze.

Denmark, who led early on Wednesday, have 17 golds, 20 silver and 15 bronze.

Holland are down in third with 18 gold medals, 13 silver and 14 bronze.

Fourth are Germany with 10 gold, 11 silver and nine bronze.

Poland in fifth have 17 gold medals.

The youngsters are taking part in 10 sporting activities, athletics, badminton, rowing, table tennis, tennis, golf, hockey, karate, swimming and cycling.

Salt Ayre Sports Centre is the main setting for the games, but Lancaster University, Morecambe Community High School, Morecambe, Heysham and Lancaster Golf Clubs and the John O’Gaunt Rowing Club on the River Lune are also playing host to competitors.

Activities are also taking place at Ludus Dance, The Dukes and More Music.

The opening ceremony was held in the Ashton Hall due to inclement weather on Tuesday evening.

A procession from Lancaster Castle to Market Square had been originally planned.

The festival closes on Friday night at Salts Ayre Sports Centre with a dance and musical showcase from 6pm.

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