Rising Australian stars chase glory at Youth Commonwealth Games in Bahamas

Boxing: It’s the fight that’s divided boxing fans
after Jeff Horn beat Manny Pacquiao by unanimous
decision. Now there’s been a full review of the
fight by independent judges.

Swimmer Brittany Castelluzzo, beach volleyballer Bec
Ingram, boxer Mark Borg and rugby sevens player Lily
Dick. Picture: Adam Head

CURRUMBIN’S Lily Dick has found the perfect gold
medal-winning mentor as she plots her own rise in the rugby
sevens ranks in the Bahamas.

The afterglow of last year’s Rio Olympics triumph has been
mesmerising for Dick now she has had a rookie’s taste of
training in the same high-performance environment.

The reward is a frontline role for the sevens starlets of
Generation Next who on Sunday flew out in the 75-strong Aussie
team for the Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas.

“It was great to see the girls win Olympic gold and I now know
the sacrifices they made to pull off the perfect game in the
final to beat the Kiwis,” Dick, 17, said.

.

.Source:Supplied

“I’ve been lucky enough to have some training weeks with the
Australian team and two development tournaments in Darwin and
Japan to experience a little of what it takes.

“This is a great opportunity with a youth team and I’d love to
be playing open tournaments at a Commonwealth Games or Olympics
in the future.”

Dick’s father Craig, who runs The Village Store at Currumbin,
has Roma roots and a family friendship with the Cherry clan.

It made Dick’s friendship with Roma’s rugby sevens gold
medallist Emilee Cherry a natural fit.

“Emilee has been my main idol and to have her as a mentor has
been great because no one knows how much the girls train until
you see it for yourself,” Dick said.

“I’ve tried everything with netball, touch, athletics, surf and
rugby league and I now know that sevens just suits me with the
physicality and the skills.”

You won’t find a beach volleyball court within 200km of Rebecca
Ingram’s family farm in Maffra which makes her journey to the
Bahamas seem crazy even to her.

Swimmer Brittany Castelluzzo, beach volleyballer Bec Ingram, boxer Mark Borg and rugby sevens player Lily Dick. Picture: Adam Head

Swimmer Brittany Castelluzzo,
beach volleyballer Bec Ingram, boxer Mark Borg and rugby
sevens player Lily Dick. Picture: Adam
Head
Source:News Limited

The odometer on dad’s vehicle has ticked over to 213,000km just
getting her to training in Melbourne and Adelaide from her home
in Victoria’s dairyland.

“Living in the country, you never think you’ll get this
chance,” Ingram, 18, said.

Determination is on a high for Sydney boxer Mark Borg, 17,
after watching Jeff Horn’s WBO world title triumph over legend
Manny Pacquiao on television.

“It was pure inspiration watching Jeff Horn because you do need
to know underdogs can win when everyone around is thinking
they’ll get smashed,” the light-welterweight said.

Adelaide butterflyer Brittany Castelluzzo, 16, will take the
battle plan of former Olympic champion Susie O’Neill into her
races.

“My coach was a big fan of Susie’s style of holding back and
finishing with back-end speed and that’s what I try to do,” the
Year 11 schoolgirl said.

Originally published as
Rising stars chase golden Games glory

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: