Six England teenagers are among 10 talented golfers selected to compete for Team GB at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) in Sydney from 16-20 January 2013.
They are Jack Singh-Brar (Brokenhurst Manor), Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall), Harry Ellis (Meon Valley), Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak), Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) and Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park). The line-up is completed by Bradley Neil, Ewan Scott and Lauren Whyte of Scotland and by Chloe Williams of Wales.
They are the first Team GB representatives in golf since the 1900 Olympic Games when British golfers won silver and bronze medals. Golf will be re-introduced to the Olympic programme for the Rio 2016 Games.
They will play men’s and women’s individual events plus a team event against other nations including Argentina, Australia, Japan, Korea, China, New Zealand and Chinese Taipei. The golf event will take place from January 17-20 at Twin Creeks Golf Club.
The golfers are among 120 Team GB athletes who will compete in 11 Olympic sports at the AYOF: badminton, basketball, diving, golf, gymnastics, hockey, rowing, shooting, triathlon, weightlifting and wrestling.
Altogether, the event will attract approximately 1700 athletes aged 13-19 from 30 nations competing across 17 Olympic sports in many of the venues used to host the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
The England players:
Jack Singh Brar,16,(image © Tom Ward) has been capped at U16 and boys’ levels in the past two years. This year, he helped England win the boys’ Home Internationals and was a member of the Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Channel Islands team in the boys’ County Finals.
Gabriella Cowley, 16, is the Scottish U16 champion and the winner of the girls’ title at the North of England U16 championship. She was in England’s winning teams at the girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals and a member of the winning Essex team at County Finals.
Georgia Hall, 16, is Europe’s number one woman golfer, is ranked fifth in the world and won the England Golf girls’ order of merit, sponsored by Lorrin Golf. She is the British girls’ champion, won three prestigious scratch titles in 2012 and was in England’s winning teams at the girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals.
Harry Ellis 17, became the youngest-ever English champion when he won the title this year at the age of 16. He made his full England debut in the Home Internationals, represented GB&I against Europe in the Jacques Leglise Trophy and was a member of the victorious team in the Canadian International Junior Challenge.
Amber Ratcliffe, 17, is England Golf’s East region women’s champion and was a member of the winning England teams at the girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals. She has twice won the English schools U16 championship.
Ashton Turner, 16, won the Junior County Champions’ Tournament after winning the Lincolnshire boys’ championship, won five of his six games in the boys’ Home Internationals and represented GB&I in the Jacques Leglise Trophy.