From May 31 to June 6, the V World Games of Young Compatriots ook place in Khanty-Mansiysk, bringing together 650 participants from 60 countries of the world. The UK team was represented by Ignat Valnuhin, Nikita MacLaine, Natasha Richardson and Eliza Robinson.
For five days athletes competed in basketball, football, rhythmic gymnastics, table tennis and chess at four sports facilities of Khanty-Mansiysk.
“For our team, the games went very well. Everyone’s performance, in my opinion, brought excellent results, given the strength of the competitors and the geography of the participants,” said the team leader Mikhail Frolov.
Eliza Robinson took the 6th place in the rhythmic gymnastics competition and received a “Miss Grace” special prize. Nikita MacLaine came 7th in swimming, Natasha Richardson and Ignat Valnuhin got 7th place in table tennis.
Pupils spent an unforgettable week in Russia. They met with children from over 60 countries, made friends, saw the endless expanses of Siberia, learned about culture and traditions of the peoples of Khanty-Mansiysk, and visited the Red Square.
“Our entire team is very grateful, we want to thank the Rossotrudnichestvo office in London for making this holiday possible for us, for organizing the trip and supporting the team. We are grateful to the Russian Embassy for assistance in preparing the documents. I would also like to thank Yana Orleakis, Elisa’s mother and trainer, for her help and support. We became one friendly team, "says Mikhail Frolov.
In addition to the sports component, an intellectual game "Dialogues in Russian" was held in the framework of the Games. Children had an opportunity to test their knowledge of Russian culture, literature, history and language. Throughout the tournament, volunteers of the “Ambassadors of the Russian Language in the World” programe worked with young compatriots. An extensive cultural and educational programme was prepared, including meetings with famous athletes and champions, master classes, planting trees and laying flowers at the Victory Memorial.