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Aussies Ingram and Van Rensburg win Girls’ Gold Medal in Nassau

NASSAU, Bahamas, July 22, 2017 – Rebecca Ingram and Carrie Van Rensburg of Australia made history on Saturday by winning the first ever gold medal in beach volleyball at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Bahamas.

The Australian duo defeated New Zealand’s Ella Akkerman and Jasmine Pepi-Milton 2-0 (21-13, 21-13) to take home the gold medal.

“It is amazing because it is the first time beach volleyball is ever introduced to the Youth Commonwealth Games and go out as the first gold medalists is great,” said Rebecca.

Carrie added: “We have been playing together for three years now and this is the peak of our careers. It is a great victory and here we have had the chance to see different styles and learn about different cultures in the commonwealth.”

Rwanda’s Valentine Munezero and Penelope Musabyimana outdueled Scotland’s Emma Waldie and Jennifer Lee 2-1 (15-21, 26-24, 15-10) in 1 hour and 2 minutes to take home the bronze medal, the first ever for the country in beach volleyball at any category in this kind of level.

“It was so funny to play and win a medal”, said Valentine trying to hold back her tears. “I am very happy about winning the medal.”

Penelope added: “We played very hard to win this medal when we were down in the second set. It means a lot for our country.”