Australian Youth Olympics Festival
15 Jan 2013
Team GB’s three freestyle wrestlers were made to wait until the final day of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) to get their competition under way, but they surpassed all expectations to claim two silver and one bronze medals.
Team GB’s only female wrestling competitor Shannon Hawke (Alloa) led the way by winning silver in the 56kg category. She beat three of her four group opponents (NZL, AUS & TPE) to progress to the gold medal match where she was overpowered by a very strong Chinese athlete.
George Ramm (Bolton) followed suit with silver (beating BRA & NZL) in the men’s 63kg event but losing to China in the gold medal match.
Brian Harper (Alloa) completed a fantastic day for British wrestling by winning his bronze medal fight in the 54kg category against an opponent from New Zealand.
All three athletes now have their sights set on competing for further honours at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Of the 114 athletes who competed for Team GB at the AYOF, 93 will return from the heat of Sydney to the snow in London with a medal hanging around the neck. Of the three wrestling athletes, ALL will return with a medal. It has certainly been another memorable Olympic event for the British Olympic team.
The below team travelled to Sydney, Australia on Saturday 12 January 2013 to take part in the Australian Youth Olympics Festival.
Shannon Hawke – 56K
Brian Harper – 54K
George Ramm – 63K
Anatolii Kharytoniuk – Coach
There are 30 nations and 17 sports taking part over the week long event. Nations participating in wrestling are: Australia, Brazil, China, New Zealand, Oceania and China (Taipei).
To follow the progress of all TeamGB competitors at the AYOF please follow the below link:
News about AYOF is available on the British Olympic Association website
- Event Title: Australian Youth Olympics Festival
- Start Date: 15 Jan 2013
- End Date: 20 Jan 2013
Sports Hall East Sydney Olympic Park
- Website: http://ayof2013.olympics.com.au/