Isle of Wight's James Forman hopes his 400m hurdles gold medal will inspire the rest of the host team to secure success at the Island Games.
The 19-year-old set a new Games record on Monday with a time of 50.41 seconds.
"It's amazing, it's kickstarted the whole thing off and it's going to give everyone inspiration to really go for it now," he told BBC Radio Solent.
"I'm only 19 but this is a senior event and if you keep training and believe in yourself then you can do good things."
Forman narrowly beat Guernsey's Dale Garland to clinch Isle of Wight's seventh gold of the tournament and the youngster admits it was a tightly fought race.
"It was a great race, so close, it was neck and neck, but I kept my composure, kept pushing and focussed on my own race and stuck to the race plan and delivered," he said.
"I knew I was capable of breaking the record, I'd been training well, technically it wasn't a great race but with the home crowd there I was pumped up.
"It's all about belief, mentally I'm there and I just want to compete and be up with the boys."