Deal rower Luke Moon wants more success after winning three medals at the Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney
Deal rower Luke Moon admitted the Australian Youth Olympic
Festival would live long in his memory after returning from Down
Under with three medals.
The 19-year-old headed to the Sydney International Regatta
Centre with high hopes of winning medals in the single sculls, the
quadruple scull and the men’s eight.
He began by doing so, although he had to settle for silver in
the single sculls after being beaten to gold by compatriot Jack
Moon (pictured) didn’t stop there though and went on to win
silver again in the quadruple sculls, this time alongside Beaumont,
before rounding his campaign off with bronze in the eight.
Moon insists that his three-strong medal haul at the Festival
was beyond any of his wildest dreams.
"Leaving the Australian Youth Olympic Festival with three medals
is fantastic and it could have been even better really," said
"We were really confident heading into the quad and really
should have won gold. We could have also done better in the eight
but the race got away from us at the end and we just didn’t have
that turn or pace.
"But I am still really happy with how I did and the highlight
has to be racing Jack because I gave him a good race and it was
"I knew I had him worried as I was pushing right until the end
but he managed to hold on, and I am happy for him and it was good
for us to both climb the podium."
This was Moon’s first taste of an Olympic-style event and the
Deal teenager admitted the success had left him hungry for
"Although I have done a lot of rowing regattas before this was
the first time I was involved in a multi-sport event and I really
enjoyed it," he added.
"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
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