Twickenham rowers hungry for more after Olympic medal success Down Under
12:00pm Friday 25th January 2013 in Sport
Silver girl: Maxie Scheske helped the women’s quadruple scull to silver medal glory at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival
Twickenham rower Maxie Scheske enjoyed the trip of a lifetime at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival after visiting the podium twice Down Under, writes Ben Baker.
The 19-year-old had to wait until Saturday and the penultimate day of the festival to strut her stuff at the Sydney International Regatta Centre.
But the Oxford Univerity student made up for lost time by helping Britain’s women’s quadruple scull to silver before returning hours later to pick up bronze in the eight.
And, having opened her regatta with fourth place 24 hours earlier lightweight double scull, the Tideway Sculler was delighted that she was able to finish on a high.
“I am really pleased with how the regatta went on a whole and to leave an Olympic competition with two medals is a good result,” she said.
“Lucy Cruxton and I were a bit gutted with how we started because we just missed out on a medal in the lightweight double, but I am pleased with how we bounced back.
“We knew the final would be faster than the heats. We did everything we could in the eight just to get the bronze.
“But winning the silver in the morning was my highlight of the Games. It was such an amazing feeling as we had all worked so hard for it.”
The Festival was Scheske’s first taste of an Olympic-style event and the Twickenham teenager said the success had left her hungry for more.
“It is great to represent Team GB with the Olympic rings on your kit and now I have done it, I just want to do it again and again now,” she added.
Fellow Twickenham rower Luke Moon collected bronze in the men’s eight and silver in men’s quadruple scull.
He had claimed a silver in the men’s single sculls 24 hours earlier as he missed out on gold to team-mate Jack Beaumont by less than three seconds – but it was the silver medal that caught Team GB manager Richard Boulton.
“I am pretty pleased with the team. Every rower will go back home with at least two medals,” said Boulton.
“The men’s four [all from Oxford Brookes], have taken a step on down here, the women’s four have also taken the next step.
“We were fastest in the heats of both eights, but could not quite convert that in the finals.”
Richmond’s Francesca Del Celo won a bronze with partner Georgina Davenport in the three metre springboard synchro event.
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