Alicia grabs Olympic bronze

BRONZE MEDAL: Alicia Congram won a bronze medal representing Australia in judo at the Youth Olympics Festival.Alicia Congram bought home a bronze medal from the YouthOlympics Festival in January.

The talented judo competitor took part in the festival onJanuary 19 and was delighted to manage a bronze medal after competing againstother competitors from around the world.

“It was really amazing,” Alicia said of the Youth Olympics.

“It was the most amazing thing I’ve experienced.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet that I managed to win thebronze.”

Passionate about her sport, Alicia spent months preparingfor the festival and said she was pleased with her results despite sustainingan ankle injury.

“I was really happy with how it all went,” Alicia said.

“My training paid off.”

Competing against girls from Brazil, China, the US andChinese Taipei, among other competitors, Alicia said she enjoyed the chance toget to know some of the other girls.

“The language barrier made it difficult to talk to some ofthe girls but I spoke to as many as I could,” Alicia said.

Along with the chance to chat to the girls, Alicia saidwatching them compete and competing against them gave her some new ideas.

“I definitely picked up a few new things,” Alicia said.

The Shoalhaven Anglican School student, who has just startedyear 10, loves her judo.

She started in the sport just over four-years ago and hasbeen competing at state level for the past three years.

Despite her short time in the sport, Alicia has already beenthe Australia champion and has won several state titles.

Up next for Alicia is the trial for the Oceania competitionwith competitors to come from across the Pacific.

Alicia said all the training she put in to getting ready forthe Youth Olympics Festival will help her in her trials and she is hoping shewill score a spot.

“I feel really fit and healthy,” Alicia said.

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