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Marren and Waterfield celebrated at the London Youth Games Awards

13 September 2013

Amy Marren and Peter Waterfield enjoyed success at the London Youth Games Annual Awards this week which was held at British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in London.

Marren was given the Breakthrough Award for her six-medal haul at the IPC World Championships in Montreal.

The 15-year old was one of the most successful British swimmers from the competition, returning home from her debut World Champs with four gold and two silver medals.

Click play to watch Amy's SM9 200m Individual Medley final from Montreal.

“It was an honour to receive the Balfour Beatty Breakthrough Award last night at BAFTA in Piccadilly," said Marren. "It made it very special as I was the first athlete to receive this brand new award and it was not expected at all.

“I was shortlisted with two other athletes, who were also of an extremely high standard. I want to congratulate those athletes on their outstanding performances in sport, and wish them the best of luck for the future.

“I was very shocked when my name was announced and maybe in the future my name will be in the London Youth Games Hall of Fame as well.

“I would like to say thank you to the London Youth Games for helping to establish my career in swimming. It’s a great opportunity for any swimmer to take part and achieve. I would encourage anyone to take part as and when they can and be part of such a fantastic experience

“I would also like to thank all the British Swimming support staff, my coach Gary Rogers, my family and friends for all being there and supporting me in my sport.” 

Olympic silver medallist Waterfield was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his successful career at the top of diving.

Waterfield announced his retirement from the sport this summer after enjoying a career that saw him win medals at every level of international competition.

The Southampton-based diver finished his career at his home Olympic Games in London last summer where he just missed out on winning a medal with Tom Daley in the 10m Synchro. 

"Being added to the London Youth Games Hall of Fame is an honour and to be up there with other athletes who also became some of the best in the world at their sport makes me proud of my achievements," - Peter Waterfield"As a young athlete the London Youth Games was a great event," said Waterfield. "You were part of a team in a multi-sport competition trying to pick up points to try and win the overall comp.

"I used to love the London Youth Games as there is always a great atmosphere and I went this year to hand out some medals and the buzz was probably better than when I used to compete.

"It's a great event and I always used to think of it as the mini Olympics of London.

"Being added to the London Youth Games Hall of Fame is an honour and to be up there with other athletes who also became some of the best in the world at their sport makes me proud of my achievements and proud of the London Youth Games as I believe it was the start of my successful career."

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