Richmond trio enjoy medal haul Down Under

Two colours: Twickenham rower and Oxford Brookes University student Luke Moon

Doubled up: Twickenham's Maxie Scheske

Bronze: Richmond diver Francesca Del Celo

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Twickenham rowers Luke Moon and Maxie Scheske returned from the Australian Youth Olympic Festival laden with medals this week.
 

Oxford Brookes University student Moon collected bronze in the men's eight and silver in men's quadruple scull, with Oxford University's Scheske doing exactly the same in the women's races on Sunday.
 

Moon had earlier claimed a silver in the men's single sculls 24 hours earlier as he missed out on gold to team-mate Jack Beaumont by less than three seconds.
 

But it was his quad silver that caught the eye of Team GB manager Richard Boulton.
 

"Whilst that one result wasn’t quite what we wanted I am pretty pleased with the team. Every rower will go back home with at least two medals," said Boulton.

"The men’s four  [all from Oxford Brookes], have taken a step on down here, the women’s four have also taken the next step.
 

"We were fastest in the heats of both eights, but could not quite convert that in the finals."
 

Richmond's Francesca Del Celo, who trains with senior GB diving star Tom Daley in Plymouth, won a bronze with partner Georgina Davenpot in the three metre springboard synchro event
 

Team GB collected a record 66 medals - including 19 golds - at the event in Sydney, which featured 1,700 athletes from 30 nations competing in 17 Olympic disciplines.
 

Team GB chef de mission Mark England said: "Team GB have coped very well with the challenging conditions and extreme temperatures to produce record breaking results.
 

"I have no doubt the experience gained will help them greatly on their journey towards pursuing a place on Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and as they make the transition to senior international sportsmen and women, some of them in time for the 2014 Commonwealth Games on home soil in Glasgow.
 

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