If the performances at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa are anything to go by, the future of English sports appears to be exciting.
Team England finished with an impressive 44 medals to finish third in the overall medals table. With 12 gold, 16 silver and 16 bronze medals won across the five day competition.
The next generation of athletes knew exactly how it felt for those athletes in Glasgow 2014 as they competed wearing the same Kukri sportswear that their idols wore a year earlier.
With 60 English athletes taking part in 8 sports there was plenty of highlights for the team, including swimmer Layla Black claiming two gold medals and a bronze individually, before adding a silver in the women’s 4 x 100m medley relay.
Although they finished with the second highest amount of medals, England were beaten to second place by South Africa who managed to claim 13 golds. Australia were runaway winners this year with 62 medals in total – 24 of which were gold.
The third place finish ensure Team England retain their record of never finishing out of the top three at any Commonwealth Youth Games.
Congratulations to the athletes and all at Team England on a very successful Commonwealth Youth Games.