St Clare’s students Keely Small (Year 11) and Abbey Webb (Year 12) represented Australia at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires from 6 – 18 October, both successfully contributing to Australia’s medal count.
Keely Small had the honour of being the Australian team’s flag-bearer at the opening of the Youth Olympic Games after representing Australia on the world stage for the second time this year, earlier competing at the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast.
Australia’s Chef de Mission Evelyn Halls said that Keely demonstrated the ideals of excellence, respect and sportsmanship vital to lead Australia at the Youth Olympic level.
Keely was a favourite going into the 800m race and dominated the final to win Australia’s fourth gold of the Games with a time of 2:04:76.
Keely said that being announced flagbearer and seeing the Australian flag raised from on top of the podium with a gold medal was an incredible feeling.
“It’s been a big year with Commonwealth Games and Youth Olympics, but the big goal now is Tokyo 2020,” she said.
“I’ll get back into training when I’m home and have a good season to keep working towards Tokyo.”
Abbey Webb attended the 2018 Georgina Hope Foundation Australian Age Championships in late April and as a result qualified for the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships and the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
Abbey placed fifth in the 100m Freestyle and received a silver medal for Australia in the Women’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay. She also represented Australia in the Women’s 50m and 200m Freestyle, and the Mixed 4 x 100m Freestyle relay.
“It was such a good experience especially to win a medal in a relay, as everyone gets to experience the same thing,” she said.