Harlesden schoolchildren enjoy bus tour with Commonwealth champion Leon Baptiste

Young sports starts awarded after winning five trophies in London Youth Mini Games

YOUNG sports stars enjoyed an open-bus tour with a Commonwealth champion athlete after winning a succession of medals and trophies throughout the year.

Pupils from St Joseph’s Primary School, in Goodson Road, Harlesden, toured London’s sights with 200m gold medal winner, Leon Baptiste, last week, proudly displaying a banner saying Brent rules.

The school won gold in water polo for Brent in the London Youth Games Mini Games, the West London athletics championship and the borough football, tennis and rugby championships during 2010.

Mark Betts, associate head teacher at St Joseph’s, said: “It’s a great reward for all the efforts they have put into their sports for the few years they have been participating.

More than any other school we have represented Brent at the London Youth Games Mini Games. It’s the highlight of the year to be honest – it’s the sporting event that everyone works towards.”

Leon, 25, said: “It was a great experience. I’ve never done anything like that before. The kids were so enthusiastic, so happy to see me.”