ROWING: Beaumont celebrates gold joy

Jack Beaumont

Jack Beaumont

First published in Sport

Oxford University’s Jack Beaumont admitted the Australian Youth Olympic Festival would live long in his memory after setting his own personal history Down Under.

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 men’s eight.

Beaumont kicked off in style as he held off the challenge of fellow Brit Luke Moon to take gold in the single sculls.

But he didn’t stop there and went on to win silver in the quadruple sculls, with Henleyborn fellow Oxford University student Ben Board and Wallingford’s Jamie Copus, before rounding off his adventure in Sydney with a bronze in the eight.

Beaumont was joined in the eight by Oxford Brookes University trio Ed Grisedale, from Oxford, Joe Guppy and Tim Grant, also from Oxford.

But it was his solo success that was the crowning glory.

“Leaving the Australian Youth Olympic Festival with a medal of each colour is fantastic and it could have been even more, really,” said Beaumont.

“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 the gold because that is the first time I have won gold for Great Britain.”

Anastasia Chitty, Maxie Scheske and Morgan Baynham-Williams helped fly the flag for Oxford University’s girls, with the former winning gold in the women’s four.

Scheske, from Oxford, took silver in the women’s quadruple scull before they joined forces to collect bronze in the women’s eight.

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