2013 AYOF Opening Ceremony
Remember the name ‘Bill Bain’ as one to lookout for in the future after the 18 year old Sunshine Coast paddler produced one of the performances of the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival winning two Gold medals, earmarking himself as a future star.
He got Australia off to a flying start on Wednesday combing with 18 year old Gold Coast paddler Jordan Wood to win Gold in the men’s K2 1000 final, before going on to claim victory in the men’s K1 1000 ahead of Wood in a one-two finish for the home nation.
“We got Australia and the Australian kayaking team off to a great start with Woody and my gold medal and my gold medal in the K1,” said Bain.
Bain had the honour of torch bearer at the opening ceremony and has enjoyed the opportunity to get a taste of what it might be like to don the green and gold at a future Olympic Games, but for now his focus lies squarely of having a strong Nationals as he makes the transition from U18 to U23 and Open competition in 2013.
“Stepping up to U23s and Opens will be exciting and hard, I had my first open race that I did well in at the NSW Sprints last weekend getting second in the 1000 to Murray (Stewart), which is a pretty big thing for me, but it is early in the season,” he said.
Bain will leave behind his Sunshine Coast family home for the Gold Coast in 2013 to commence University and is excited about the opportunity to train at the AIS facility alongside National Coach Jimmy Owens, who guided the men’s K4 1000 crew of Tate Smith, Jacob Clear, Murray Stewart and David Smith to Gold in London.
“Hopefully I will be able to make the transfer down there quite easily and be able to step up and train alongside the big boys and with Jimmy Owens,” said Bain.
Asked about whether he can see himself competing in Rio 2016 or beyond he responded, “This is the first step, the Youth Olympics is a big thing, it’s a good stepping stone to get to those levels, but you can’t look to far ahead, you just have to go year by year.”
“I’m just trying to make the U23 team this year, and maybe push onto the Open team, and from there just try and get myself a permanent spot on the open team in the next couple of years.”
The next few years appear an exciting time for Bain as he looks to follow in the footsteps of his idols Ken Wallace and Clint Robinson, but you can’t help but feel that based on his results here and how he performed in 2012 that this talented sportsman will one day compete at an Olympics, whether that is in 2016 or beyond, we will soon find out.
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