Around 1,000 athletes aged 14-18 competed for 107 gold medals in nine sports over five days of competition in Samoa.

 Team England’s travelling delegation included 60 athletes, representing eight sports (Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Lawn Bowls, Rugby 7s, Squash, Swimming, Weightlifting), plus coaching and support staff.

Australia topped this year’s Youth Games medal chart with a total of 62 medals, including 24 gold, with South Africa finishing in second with 13 gold medals and a total of 35 medals, enough to finish ahead of England, despite Team England winning 44 medals overall.

Highlights included English swimmer Layla Black, from Leeds, clinching two gold medals and a bronze in individual events and silver in the women’s 4 x 100m medley relay. Likewise, team-mate Tazmin Pugh, from Pershore, collected three individual medals and three relay medals having performed impressively in Samoa.