02 October 2019

Water Polo winners dry off to receive trophy from the mayor

John Lyon’s London Youth Games Water Polo winners have taken a break from the pool to collect their trophy from the Mayor of Harrow.

Three months after winning the plate in the competition at the Crystal Palace National Sport Centre against 12 other London boroughs, the squad headed to Harrow Civic Centre on Thursday 26th September to be presented with their trophy by Harrow Mayor, Councillor Nitin Parekh.

The competition in June had seen John Lyon represent the whole borough of Harrow in the Water Polo element of the London Youth Games, which sees young people from across the capital compete for their boroughs in 30 different disciplines, from Archery to Weight Lifting.

Despite a tough opening to the competition which meant they could only compete for the plate and not the cup, the squad of 13 John Lyon boys bounced back, dominating their final four matches with victories over Enfield, Ealing, Wandsworth and Lewisham, scoring 39 and conceding just eight goals, with star performances by Jason Mahmutoglu and Oliver Castell.

Speaking after receiving their trophy, John Lyon’s Water Polo winner Patrick Colson and William Mitchell said: “It was a memorable experience and a fantastic opportunity to meet other winners from the Borough who were receiving their trophies from the Mayor as well. We were all very excited to receive a certificate and the plate – it was amazing what we achieved, and the team will continue to train and hope to do well in next year’s competition.”

Congratulations again to the whole London Youth Games Water Polo winners: Arav Bhatia, Jason Mahmutoglu, David Pruteanu, Patrick Colson, Cory Costigan, Oliver Castell, Alexander Rothwell, Tristan Doyle, David Self, Shaan Sokhal, Aaron Esser, William Mitchell, Ethan Greaves, and Gabriel Van Jaarsveld who assisted as team manager alongside John Lyon Swimming Coach, Mr Jovica Nikolovski.