TWENTY-FOUR hours after their “Super Saturday” it was “Sensational Sunday” for Team GB at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) in Sydney yesterday, with a clutch of Scots contributing to a record- breaking haul of 40 medals in a single day for the future generation of British Olympians.
Team GB’s young athletes signed off the final day of the sixth edition of the AYOF with 13 gold, 13 silver and 14 bronze medals, bringing Great Britain’s overall total to a final tally of 66 medals, comprising a superb 19 gold, 23 silver and 24 bronze medals.
The history-making continued for Team GB on the Twin Creeks golf course where Flag Bearer Georgia Hall (Bournemouth) became Team GB’s first gold medallist in an Olympic golf event for over 100 years, winning both the individual women’s competition and team gold along with Chloe Williams (Wrexham), Ewan Scott (St Andrews) and Bradley Neil (Blairgowrie).
Williams also secured a bronze medal in the women’s individual event after a fantastic fourth round score of 68 and Ashton Turner (Alford) took home the silver in the men’s individual event after having been in a podium position throughout the competition.
Artistic gymnastics might be at an all-time high following the exploits of Louis Smith, Beth Tweddle and Co at London 2012, but the future of the sport looks to be in safe hands too if yesterday is anything to go by. Between the men’s and women’s teams they totalled up an incredible 23 medals on the final day of individual competition.
The star of the show was Birmingham’s Dominick Cunningham as he claimed six podium finishes. However, despite this success, he couldn’t help but think his farewell Down Under could have been even better: “Obviously with the amount of medals I won I am very pleased but I am a little bit disappointed because I wanted to do better in the all-around competition. I had a fall on the floor and that put me down to silver, but I am pleased with how I came back from the floor fall and my high bar and parallel bar went amazingly so, all in all, I am very happy.”
Team GB’s three freestyle wrestlers were made to wait until the final day to get their competition under way, but they surpassed all expectations to claim two silver medals and one bronze.
Team GB’s only female wrestler, Shannon Hawke (Alloa) led the way by winning silver in the 56kg category. George Ramm (Bolton) followed suit with silver in the men’s 63kg event and Brian Harper (Alloa) completed a fantastic day for British wrestling by winning his bronze medal fight in the 54kg category. All three athletes now have their sights set on competing at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Team GB’s men’s hockey team – including Paisley’s Alan Forsyth – had to settle for silver following a cruel 5-4 golden goal defeat at the hands of hosts Australia. The match was a story of two halves with the home side easing into a 3-0 lead in the first half, but, after some strong words from the Team GB coaches at half time, they came out with renewed belief to score four consecutive goals without reply and lead the game 4-3 going into the closing stages.
Meanwhile, Team GB’s women’s hockey team were made to work hard to win the bronze medal, securing a 2-1 victory against the USA only after a golden goal by Hannah Martin (Ipswich) in extra time.
On Saturday, Team GB’s triathlon contingent ensured they all headed home with a medal after they claimed bronze in the mixed team relay event while Marc Austin (Glasgow) and Georgia Taylor-Brown (Leeds) tasted success picking up bronze medals in the individual men’s and women’s events.
Reflecting on Team GB’s record breaking performance, Chef de Mission Mark England said: “This has been an unforgettable five days for Team GB’s young athletes. Winning 66 medals is a truly remarkable accomplishment.”
Georgia Hall – Golf Individual; Georgia Hall, Chloe Williams, Ewan Scott and Bradley Neil - Golf Team Event; Dominick Cunningham, James Hall, Courtney Tulloch and Nile Wilson.- Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Team; Dominick Cunningham – Gymnastics – Floor; James Hall - Gymnastics – Floor; Nile Wilson – Gymnastics -Parallel Bars; Nile Wilson – Gymnastics –High Bar; Courtney Tulloch – Gymnastics – Rings; Tyesha Mattis – Gymnastics – All Around; Tyesha Mattis – Gymnastics – Vault; Teal Grindle – Gymnastics –Beam; Amy Tinkler – Gymnastics – Floor; Harry Newbold-Cozens, Joshua Newman – Trampolining – AA Synchro; Jack Beaumont – Rowing M1x; Ben Board and Jamie Copus – Rowing MLW2x; Beth Bryan, Lucy Burges , Nicole Lamb and Anatasia Merlott Chitty – Rowing W4; Kristian Callaghan – Shooting -25m Rapid Pistol; Sian Bruce – Shooting - Skeet; Dan Tarrant – Shooting - Trap
Freddie Woodward and SamThornton – Diving – 3m Springboard Synchronised; Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Team Medal; Dominick Cunningham (3) – Gymnastics – All Around, Parallel Bars and Rings; Nile Wilson – Gymnastics – Rings; James Hall – Gymanstics- Pommel; Teal Grindle – Gymnastics –All Around; Amy Tinkler – Gymnastics - Vault; Megan Pettit, Izzy Songhurst – Trampolining – AA Synchro; Michael Bremner, Andy Bull, Will Byas, Brendan Creed, Arjan Drayton-Chana, Phillip Dutoy, Robert Farringdon, Daniel Faulkner, Alan Forsyth, Sam French, Jon Gall, Harry Gibson, Ross Gilham-Jones, Sam Hatherley, Phillip Roper, Joe Sharp, Rupert Shipperley (R), Diccon Stubbings (R) - Men’s Hockey Team; Coral Kennedy – Shooting – 10m Air Pistol; Michael Bamsey – Shooting – 50m 3P Rifle; Michael Bamsey – Shooting – 10m Air Rifle; Michael Bamsey – Shooting – 50m prone; Luke Moon – Rowing – M1x; Nicole Lamb and Anatasia Merlott Chitty – Rowing – W2-; Lucy Cruxton, Emily Ford, Jess Leyden, Maxie Scheske – Rowing W4x; Jack Beaumont, Ben Board, Jamie Copus, Luke Moon – Rowing M4x; Ashton Turner – Golf Individual; Zoe Smith – Weightlifting – 63kg; Shannon Hawke – Wrestling – 56kg; George Ramm – Wrestling - 63kg
Aaron Cheng, Tom Wolfenden - Badminton -Men’s Doubles; Gregor Gray, Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye, Joshua Steel, Malcolm Winning - Basketball – 3x3; Georgia Ward – Diving – 10m platform; Fran Del Celo and Georgia Davenport – Diving – 3m Springboard Synchronised; Ross Haslam, Sam Thornton – Diving - Platform Synchronised 10m Shanice Lobb, Georgia Ward – Diving - Platform Synchronised 10m; Chloe Williams – Golf – Individual; Dominick Cunningham (2) – Gymnastics – High Bar and Vault
Nile Wilson (2) – Gymnastics – All Around and Pommel; James Hall - Gymnastics – Vault; Tyesha Mattis (2) – Gymnastics – Bars and Floor; Giselle Ansley, Grace Balsdon (R), Olivia Chilton, Holly Chipman, Nicola Cochrane (R), Robyn Collins, Emily Defroand, Josie Inverdale, Caitlin Jeffries, Joanna Leigh, Hannah Martin, Shona McCallin, Lily Owsley, Suzannah Petty, Sarah Robertson, Alice Sharp, Anna Toman, Rebecca van Berkel - Women’s Hockey; Tim Grant, Ed Grisedale, Joe Guppy, Joel Cassells – Rowing – Men’s Four; Morgan Baynham-Williams, Beth Bryan, Lucy Burgess, Lucy Cruxton, Emily Ford, Nicole Lamb, Jess Leyden, Anastasia Merlott Chitty, Maxie Scheske – Rowing - Women’s Eight; Jack Beaumont, Ben Board, Ed Bosson, Jamie Copus, Tim Grant, Ed Grisedale, Joe Guppy, Joel Cassells, Luke Moon – Rowing - Men’s Eight; Larissa Sykes –Shooting- 50m rifle three positions; Kristian Callaghan – Shooting – 50m Pistol; Team Relay – Triathlon - Sophie Coldwell, Georgia Taylor-Brown, Marc Austin, Gordon Benson; Georgia Taylor-Brown – Triathlon -Individual; Marc Austin – Triathlon – Individual; Brian Harper - Wrestlng - 63kg
Total Medals: 66 (19 Gold, 23 Silver, 24 Bronze)