Youth Olympic Festival joy for GB's Harry Gibson

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A TEAM GB hockey star from Churchinford scooped a silver medal at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney last weekend - but the 19-year-old was left wondering 'what if' and feels he should have left with more.

Goalkeeper Harry Gibson played his part in a 5-4 thriller against the hosts on Sunday but could not help his side losing to an agonising extra-time golden goal in the final.

He said: “I've got mixed emotions. If somebody had said you will win silver before the tournament I would have been pleased but to get so close to gold is frustrating and I think we should have won.”

Harry's progress in the sport was rapid as he was named 'keeper of the tournament at the Four Nations event in Seville, Spain, when he was 16.

He has also played for England under-16s and under-18s, and is a member of the under-21 squad.

“The whole Festival was fantastic and we really came together as a team and as a family,” he added.

“Being around other sports, playing on the same pitches as the Sydney Olympics, representing Team GB at a Games - it was all brilliant and I couldn't definitely get used to this level of competition.”

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