Camberley’s Sarah Hill travelled to Utrecht in Holland for the European Youth Olympic Festival to represent Great Britain. The tournament was well represented with 45 countries participating in nine different Olympic disciplines. The European Youth Olympic Festival is a biennial sporting event for talented young participants from all over Europe. This makes the EYOF a perfect warm-up for the ‘real’ Olympics. Just like at the Olympics, the young sports boys and girls live in the Olympic Village. There’s an opening and closing ceremony and of course an Olympic Flame and Olympic Flag.
Competing in -70kg Sarah made a confident start to her day by beating a Belarusian opponent, throwing her for ippon (maximum score). Her next match was against the number one seed Brigita Matic from Croatia. Sarah was caught in ground work and held down by the eventual silver medallist. Dropping into the repecharge she now faced a Slovenian fighter, having regained her focus Sarah promptly held down Stopernik and progressed to the bronze medal fight. Unable to maintain the focus of the previous fight Sarah was thrown for maximum score by a competitor from Bosnia-Herzegovina leaving her with a 5th place.
Due to her recent good performances and 5th place at the EYOF Sarah has now been selected to represent Great Britain at the Cadet World Championships in Miami, in August. We wish her the best of luck!