YOUNGSTERS turned out in force at the Herts Youth Games on Sunday as the Olympic torch made a special guest appearance.
The games were held at the University of Herts, where the torch relay passed through on its way from Hatfield to St Albans, before heading to Hemel.
The day was a success, with around 1000 young people participating in 11 sports as representatives of their districts.
Another 5000 youngsters took part in the trials and training programmes leading up to the event.
Dacorum were in action, and put in a good display in all their events, winning a number of medals.
Final standings are still being calculated by event organisers, the Herts Sports Partnership.
The Dacorum fencing team – coached by Lajos Fazekas – were on good form, and youngsters Joe Curtis, Lewis Woolnough-Millett, Ethan George and Harry Sawyer did their district proud with a determined performance.
Fazekas said: “They only started fencing one year ago and have put in a very strong effort.
“Fencing is a bit like chess – you have to use your brain and be one step ahead of the opposition.”
Paul Davis, organiser of the fencing event and head of the Paul Davis Fencing Academy added: “I’m really pleased with how it all came together.”