Teens vie for Olympic gold in Argentina

Hockey player Grace Young, fencer Robert Ciccarelli and sailor Will Cooley. PHOTO: Alphonsus Fok

Three students from Sydney Catholic Schools are gearing up to represent Australia at the 2018 Youth Olympics, which kicks off in Argentina this week.

Hockey player Grace Young, from St Patrick’s College, Sutherland, sailor  from Waverley College and fencer Robert Ciccarelli from Patrician Brothers’ Fairfield are part of the 88-member squad taking part in the competition featuring some of the world’s best athletes under 18.

Grace, who plays Hockey 5’s – a fast format of the traditional sport, played with five players instead of 11, on a smaller sized field – said it’s a privilege to be part of Australian hockey history.

“To be over here and show off the junior program will be really good for the sport in Australia,” she beamed.

“I have been incredibly lucky not only am I going to the Olympics but have been named in the Australian schoolgirl’s side to play in Europe next year.”

In a break from the traditional stadium venue, the Opening Ceremony will take place on Avenue de Julio 9th – the biggest avenue in the world, with more than 250,000 spectators expected to cheer on athletes from 206 countries in the 360-degree interactive ceremony.

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