GB men's player, Gregor Gray, hopes their performances in Australia can help put Great Britain on the map when it comes to basketball: "We are all delighted with the bronze medal. To come back from the defeat to Australia like we did was fantastic. We came here looking to prove what we could do in basketball and we have done that. Hopefully by us doing well we can encourage more people to get into the sport and we can continue to raise the profile of basketball in the UK."
The GB women's side came a commendable fifth place after losing their opening three matches and coming just two points short in their game against China.
British Basketball's Head of Performance, Warwick Cann commented: "The AYOF has been great for British basketball, once again showing how the standard of GB basketball at a youth level compares to the rest of the world. We are as good as the best nations in the world and I am proud of our achievements here in Sydney.
"To be the second best nation in the men's competition and to come just two points short of China in the women's is fantastic. I hope others realise the great potential of basketball in the UK and have seen that we are a major player in the world rankings and Olympic medal potential."
Saturday 19th January:
L - GB men 12 : 21 Australia (Gold)
L - GB women 9 : 10 Combined Oceania
W - GB men 20 : 12 New Zealand
W - GB women 8 : 2 Indonesia
L - GB men 13 : 14 Combined Oceania
L - (Fifth place) GB women 11 : 13 China
L - (Semi Final) GB men 16 : 19 Australia
W - (Bronze medal match) GB men 19 : 15 China
Team GB brought home 24 BRONZE, 23 SILVER and 19 GOLD - A total of 66 MEDALS across ALL 11 sports in which they competed.
Reflecting on Team GB's record breaking performance at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival, Chef de Mission Mark England said: "This has been an unforgettable five days for Team GB's young athletes. Winning 66 medals is a truly remarkable accomplishment and one that the whole of Team GB can be extremely proud of. They have coped very well with the challenging conditions and extreme temperatures to produce record breaking results.
"Particularly pleasing is the fact that all eleven sports have contributed to the Team GB medal tally. Team GB's traditional strength in the likes of rowing, gymnastics, hockey and triathlon was once again evident, and it was absolutely fantastic to see so many British athletes from badminton, basketball, diving, shooting, weightlifting and wrestling also on the podium. These sports grabbed the opportunity with both hands to display the great breadth of potential that is being developed across the British Olympic sporting spectrum.
"With the inspiration provided by the awesome exploits of Team GB's senior athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games still fresh in their memories, it was a joy to watch the next generation of British Olympians grow, develop and succeed at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival."