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Rowsell proud to be involved with London event
Olympic and World cycling champion Joanna Rowsell is to be patron of the 2014 Balfour Beatty London Youth Games.
The 24-year-old took part in the London Youth Games as a youngster before going on to a glittering career which has included four World Championship titles and gold at London 2012 as part of the women’s team pursuit trio.
Rowsell said: “The Balfour Beatty London Youth Games is playing such an important role in delivering a legacy of increased participation in sport and volunteering among young Londoners.
“It’s a great honour to be patron of the 2014 Games. As a youngster starting out, the London Youth Games was one of the first cycling competitions I ever took part in and my team – Sutton – won silver.
“The Balfour Beatty London Youth Games is a brilliant competition to be part of, whether you are just starting out or keen to prove you are the best in London. “The London Youth Games has a sport to suit everyone - from archery through to weightlifting. It’s a great environment in which to really enjoy sport, it’s competitive, but friendly and fun.
“It’s a great feeling representing your borough against the rest of London. I would urge any young Londoner to get involved and give it a go.”
The 2013 Balfour Beatty London Youth Games enjoyed the highest number of participants in the event’s 36-year history.
In the year following the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, a total of 114,598 young Londoners took part.
The Balfour Beatty London Youth Games is Europe’s largest annual youth sports event, featuring teams from 33 London boroughs taking part in 85 competitions across 33 sports on 27 event days.
The first competition of the new 2014 season is the cross-country, which will take place on Parliament Hill on November 16.