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Deal rower Luke Moon keen to make his mark for TeamGB at Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney

Dover rower Luke MoonDover rower Luke Moon is preparing to take on the cream of British rowing, not to mention the world at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival this weekend.

The 19-year-old (pictured) will face British rival Jack Beaumont in the single sculls heats on Saturday at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, where he will also contest the men's quadruple sculls and men's eight.

Moon represented Britain at the 2011 World Junior Championships, winning the quadruple scull B final.

He said: "Having all the kit with the Olympic rings on makes it special and adds something different, maybe some more pressure.

"Because Jack and I are also racing each other in the singles as well as taking on other countries, there is a bit of rivalry between us too.

"When we race against each other we are pretty much dead level so I am sure it will be a good race."

He added: "It is the first time I will have competed in a multi-sport event so it will be nice to meet other people from other sports and the experience will help me."

The former Sandwich Technology School pupil added: "Events like this are important because you gain so much when you race international competition.

"So doing that will help us at future World Championships and at the next Olympics in Rio, which is now the main target for everyone."

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