Wood carries Team GB flag after fourth EYOF medal
19 July 2013
Derventio swimmer Abbie Wood carried the Team GB flag at the closing ceremony of the 2013 European Youth Olympic Festival after winning her fourth medal on the final day in Utrecht, the Netherlands
The 14-year-old has been a star performer in a week of outstanding achievements from Team GB’s 44 young athletes in the Netherlands.
She was selected to carry the flag after an outstanding display of consistency throughout the week of the Festival and for demonstrating the One Team GB values.
"To be chosen to carry the flag for Team GB caps off a great week," - Abbie WoodHaving already won golds in 400m Individual Medley and 200m Breaststroke and a silver in 200m Individual Medley, Wood teamed up with Bethany Newton (Taunton Deane), Laura Stephens (Colchester) and Hannah Featherstone (Sedgefield & District 75) to claim 4x100m Medley Relay silver in the final session in Utrecht.
The Brits came home in 4:16.41 behind Russia (4:12.53) but ahead of bronze medallists Spain (4:19.94).
“To be chosen to carry the flag for Team GB caps off a great week,” said Wood.
“I’ve really enjoyed my first experience of representing Team GB. The atmosphere around the Village is really friendly, it’s been great to meet people from other sports and the experience of racing in a big event will be really valuable.
“It’s been helpful to have my coach Kim Hill here working with Team GB and to win the 1000th EYOF gold medal was a bit lucky I guess but it’s nice to get in the record books!”
Wood wasn't the only Brit to win four swimming medals at the meet - Duncan Scott also achieved that feat as he claimed 200m Individual Medley gold on the final day.
The Bo'Ness swimmer sliced nearly three seconds off his personal best from the heats to take gold in 2:04.90 ahead of Spain's Joan Casanovas Skoubo (2:05.85).
You can follow live results and streaming on the official EYOF 2013 website - click here to view it.Southport's Holly Hibbott won her second and third medals of the competition on the final day with 200m Freestyle silver and 200m Backstroke bronze in the same session.
Having already won 800m Freestyle silver in the Netherlands, the 13-year old set a two-second personal best 2:04.49 to touch second in the 200m Free before clocking another PB of 2:16.12 for her medal in the 200m Back.
As well as her relay medal, Colchester's Laura Stephens reached the podium in the 100m Butterfly, winning silver in a personal best 1:02.22 while Charlie Attwood (Taunton Deane) added to his 100m Breaststroke gold with bronze over 200m Breast in a PB 2:18.47.
The only other Brits in action on the final night were the Boys 4x100m Medley Relay quartet of Martyn Walton, Luke Gunning, Attwood and Suleman Butt who finished fourth in 3:49.82.