Bryan relishing being an AYOF champion

20 January 2013 / 20:13

Beth Bryan admitted she could get used to being called a champion after winning two medals at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival one of which was gold.

The 19-year-old began the Festival with Lucy Burgess in the women’s pair but they had to make do with fourth with teammates Anastasia Chitty and Nicole Lamb taking silver.

However Bryan returned a day later to help the women’s four of herself, Burgess, Chitty and Lamb win gold before finishing off with bronze in the eight.

Bryan can now call herself an Australian Youth Olympic Festival champion – something she likes the sound of.

“I am really pleased with how the regatta went on the whole and to leave an Olympic competition with two medals is a good result,” she said.

“Lucy and I were a bit gutted with how we started because we just missed out on a medal in the pairs but I am pleased with how we bounced back.

“We did everything we could in the eight just to get the bronze because all the girls from the other crews stepped up. 

“We knew the final would be faster than the heats, and everyone in our crew stepped up as much as they could, we did everything we could and I am happy with the bronze medal.

“But winning the four was my highlight of the Games. To call yourself an Olympic champion, at any level, is a great feeling.”

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