MB native Clay competes in Olympics scull for Australia

Myrtle Beach has a native daughter competing in the 2012 London Olympics, even if she happens to be living on the other side of the world.

Amy Clay was born and raised in Myrtle Beach before moving to Australia, where she rows in the stroke position for the four-woman Quadruple Scull.

The 34-year-old Clay and her Aussie teammates finished fourth in the A Final earlier this week, just missing out on becoming the Myrtle Beach native to earn an Olympic medal.

Clay graduated from Myrtle Beach High in 1996 and joined the crew team in college at Lewis & Clark University in Portland, Oregon.

That was just the beginning of her westward journey that ultimately led her to the Land Down Under to join the Mosman Rowing Club.

Clay made her Australian World Championship debut in 2007 as part of the women’s quad scull crew that qualified for the 2008 Olympics and finished sixth in Beijing.

Clay took some time away from the sport before returning to action in the women’s quad scull in 2011, helping Australia take fourth at the World Championships and qualify for the 2012 Summer Games.

In London, Clay led the Aussies to a second-place finish in their qualifying heat, a first-place finish in the Repechages and a fourth-place showing in the A Final.

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