High temperatures can’t stop girls and boys teams at Devon Youth Games to Inspire

North Devon had success in the badminton tournament at this weekend’s Devon Youth Games to Inspire.

The girls’ team of Amy Holland, Katie Shutt, Ellie Holland and Leoni Bishop took on eight other Devon districts, and came out first over the singles and doubles matches played despite the searing temperatures in South Devon which touched 30 degrees on Sunday.

The boys’ team also performed very well, with Jack Povey, Matty Owen, Sam Clark and Owen Cockell claiming second in Torquay.

The teams’ coach John Down said: “As their coach I am very proud of how they conducted themselves on the day and supported and encouraged each other through some tough games. That showed itself in the results!”

The Olympic-inspired event was the culmination of several months’ qualifying and other events and featured around 2,000 young people in all.

A native Devonian herself, Olympic diver Sarah Barrow was also on hand to provide inspiration.

“Last year, I was lucky enough to represent Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games in my sport of diving,” she said. “The motto of London 2012 was ‘Inspire a Generation’ and it is great to see that spirit continuing at events such as this in Devon.”

As well as the badminton players, North Devon also tasted success in the volleyball events.

The girls’ team took first place, while the boys bagged a bronze to help ensure North Devon finished above Mid Devon at the foot of the final table.

Teignbridge topped the final standings, which were based on the total of the twelve lowest event scores.