YOUNG people from Ealing took home gold, silver and bronze medals as they competed in U14s hockey, netball and football at the London Youth Games West Regional event on Saturday (28) at Brunel University, Uxbridge.

Ealing’s male hockey team finished in first place, beating Harrow in the final via a penalty shootout.

“I was meant to be playing in defence but two of our keepers were on holiday. So, I was called up to play as a goalkeeper instead,” said Arvin, whose penalty saves helped to secure gold.

“I tried to stay composed and look them straight in the eye to give them a little bit of fear.”

Ealing’s female hockey team won silver, finishing behind Westminster who won gold, and ahead of host borough Hillingdon who claimed bronze.

In the netball, Ealing won bronze, with only goal difference separating them and silver medallists Hillingdon.

Ealing’s Football team finished in sixth place but were presented with the Respect The Games Award, voted on by the other boroughs. It recognises fairness, ambition, inclusion and respect.

The Mayor of Ealing, Cllr Munir Ahmed, who attended, said: “After 15 months of lockdown, it’s important that youngsters come out and socialise and play in these games.”

The London Youth Games have helped provide a pathway for sports stars like Dina Asher-Smith, Raheem Sterling, Alex Scott, David Weir and Mo Farah.