AARON Kershaw finished his one-and-only Olympic Youth Festival with a gold medal.
Kershaw, a 20-year-old building apprentice in Goulburn, helped the Australian under 21 outfit to a thrilling gold medal triumph against sparring partner Great Britain.
The Australians snatched victory with a golden goal in extra time.
Their gold medal match triumph followed three impressive pool performances.
Golden goal hero Will Gilmour summed up the thoughts of his teammates post-match.
“Fantastic, fantastic, it’s a dream come true,” Gilmour, who scored the gold medal winning goal two minutes into extra time ’said.
“It was tough, we turned the ball over in our attacking 25 and then we managed to put it in but it was pretty nerve wracking.
“I thought we could always fight back and we did.”
The Youth Olympic Games, contested at Homebush last week, is a stepping stone to greater things for Kershaw.
The Fireflys defender hopes to represent Australia at the under 21s World Cup in India later this year.
He also harbours a desire to follow in the footsteps of Glenn Turner and represent his country at the Olympic Games.
Almost half of the Kookaburras 2012 squad at London had represented the under 21s national team at the Youth Olympics.
Kershaw is desperate is to emulate their feats.