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22 January 2007, 10:44 am
Medals Handed Out
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Australian Youth Olympic Festival 2007
Sydney, Australia

The sailing competition at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival wrapped up on Saturday with a 10-15 knot east northeasterly breeze in Farm Cove on Sydney Harbour. After some tough competition on the water over three days, Great Britain won the gold, the Australian team from Western Australia the silver and New Zealand took the bronze.
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In race 1, Great Britain was in the number one position when they rounded the first mark and their luck continued for the rest of the day. Ben SAXTON, skipper of one of the GBR teams said, 'We hoped we would win and the team implemented a strategy of being tactical on the start line and sailing fast'.

'The whole team felt relief and were elated when we finally won the gold medal,' he added.

Western Australia had been neck and neck with Great Britain for the duration of the competition. 17 year old Nadia PUNSELIE, from Perth, commented, 'The team was slightly disappointed not to win the gold medal but as this was my first international competition, I am happy to walk away with a silver medal'.

PUNSELIE continued, 'It was also great to see some patriotic spectators on the foreshore watching the action'.

The final day of competition saw New Zealand slip from overnight position of first to third place. Stephanie HAZARD, originally from Perth, said, 'The racing has been so close and the festival has been awesome. I have learnt a lot about crewing, tactics and made some really great friends along the way'.

The medals were presented on Saturday night at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron (RSYS). The gold medals were presented by ISAF Vice President David KELLETT (AUS), the silver medals by Stephen LEAHY, Yachting NSW CEO, and the bronze medals by Bill WOODS, RSYS Commodore.

Lara Watts (As Amended By ISAF). Image, The Brits won out on Sydney Harbour:© Ben Porteous
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