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Georgia Ward prepares for Australian Youth Olympic Festival

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CRYSTAL Palace Diving Club's Georgia Ward insists she is aiming to make an even bigger splash as she returns down under for this month's Australian Youth Olympic Festival.

At just 17, Ward missed out on the London 2012 action, but she ensured it was still a year to remember as she claimed the 1m and 3m synchro gold at the National Elite Junior Diving Championships.

But it was not just Ward's domestic rivals that showed what she is made of, as she went on to finish seventh at the European Junior Diving Championships and 15th at the world equivalent, the latter taking place in Adelaide.

The Uxbridge College pupil is returning to Australia this month after earning a spot on Team GB's 120-strong Australian Youth Olympic Festival squad, a competition that will see 1,700 athletes from 30 countries compete across 17 sports.

And Ward has set her sights on a final spot this time around.

"I am definitely looking forward to getting out there now as it is something I have been working hard towards for quite some time now," she said.

"I am just really excited about testing myself against some of the best divers and I am buzzing about the competition really.

"I have been to Australia before because I went out there to compete at the Junior Worlds and that was a good experience and I am really looking forward to doing it all again.

"I don't really have any set targets but I just want to go there and enjoy it and do the best I can and see how that goes for me.

"But I am always looking to improve so hopefully I can reach a final and maybe even contest for a medal – that is always the aim."

With Tom Daley having claimed 10m platform bronze at London 2012, as well as never being too far away from a camera, diving in Great Britain has never been more popular.

And former Cardinal Wiseman School pupil Ward admits she is hoping to continue the feel-good feeling down under.

"Competition-wise, 2012 has been a really good year for the whole GB junior squad in general and it has been a really positive season," she added.

"The Olympics were really inspiring and it was a good push for the younger guys and it gives us something to aim for.

"It has helped everyone look forward to future events and of course Rio in 2016 and hopefully I can help continue that out in Australia."

The British Olympic Association prepares and leads British athletes at the summer, winter and youth Olympic Games.

It works in partnership with sport national governing bodies to enhance Olympic success and is responsible for championing the Olympic values.

Visit www.olympics.org.uk for more information.

Georgia Ward prepares for Australian Youth Olympic Festival


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