Young Cantabs make splash in Aus

ABBIE NAPIER
Last updated 16:17 21/01/2013
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Jonathan Silva of Brazil (blue) competes against Chance Sullivan of New Zealand during the Freestyle 76 kg Wrestling
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Canterbury was well-represented at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival last week.

A team of 156 athletes went over to Australia looking to earn some recognition in their chosen field: athletics, three on three basketball, badminton, canoe/kayak, cycling, diving, golf, swimming, gymnastics, shooting, triathlon, rowing, weightlifting, wrestling and rowing.

These determined young Kiwis pitted their skills against 1700 athletes from 30 countires.

 

With teams from the US, UK, Canada, China, Japan and Brazil the level of competition was high.


New Zealand Olympic Committee Secretary General Kereyn Smith said the experience was an important step in an athlete’s Olympic pathway.

“The Olympic Games are incredibly complex and quite different from a World Championships. We support events like the AYOF so they will help our athletes, and their sports, learn more about what it means to be part of a multi-sport event. The athletes will be better prepared for their futures.”

The competition was open to athletes aged 13-19 years-old.

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