5 3 4 The team met its objective of placing in the top 10! Congratulations are due to all concerned, vaulters and coaches for achieving this outcome. A big thank you to all the many vaulting supporters in Australia and at WEG who supported the teams training and program. This achievement sets a firm foundation for Australia being able to field a full complement of vaulters both team and individual for future World Equestrian Games. It is our hope now that our WEG vaulters may build upon their valuable experience to strive for even better performance for the future. Bronwen Lowe - Coach Tristyn Lowe – Coach/Vaulting Chef d’Equipe Report from Becky Hillman From Jess Mazlin, who was reserve because she was injured: I have never experienced anything like the World Equestrian Games. I felt like an Olympian walking around For me WEG meant fulfilling a dream and at the same the main arena holding the Australian flag at the Opening time starting another one. However due to an injury I Ceremony. People everywhere would ask for an autograph couldn’t fulfil my dream, but I could start another. For or a photo or an Australian pin. It was surreal. me, there were two things that stood out to be amazing, Everyone was so enthusiastic, friendly and helpful. I made firstly being so close to my team and secondly meeting several good friends from various countries that I hope to vaulters from all around the world. keep in contact with for as long as possible. Some even Being around my fellow vaulters in my team for six weeks seemed very interested in coming to visit Australia and I meant the world to me. After training with them for the hope they do! We could show them what vaulting is like past two years we already had close bonds. It was over in our country and boost our international ties. that six weeks our bond became stronger and I learnt I cannot explain how I felt running out in front of the WEG so, so much from my team members. I learnt valuable crowd. I was so happy, excited, proud and nervous all life skills like how to live in a small room with others at once. I wanted to show everyone what my team and and even things like how to go grocery shopping with 10 I could do; that we deserved to be there. And we did! different people. They were all great adventures. Immediately as we finished our routine (during which The other thing that has stayed in my heart was all the entire stadium was unnaturally hushed), the crowd the people I met while in America. We had amazing cheered and there were several chants of ‘Aussie, Aussie, opportunities to meet these incredible people, people Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi!’. It was fantastic, the experience of a from America, Colombia and Canada we were training lifetime. If I could, I would do it all over again. with. While we were in Kentucky we met people from all around the world. Some very close friendships were From Joanne Lee (Team Captain) made, and I dare to say some lifelong friends were made. I think overall WEG was worthwhile. It was hard work, I created a new dream from this experience, which is to but it was worth it. Pretty much just train, eat, sleep over travel the world with vaulting, meet all those amazing and over again. Which is ok, I like doing all those things. people I became close to, to keep the relationships with But it was the people that made it worthwhile. When it my team as close as ever and to push myself to reach was over I missed them before I missed training. the amazing level of vaulting we got to experience at the The thing I have thought about the team in the last World Championships. couple of weeks was how much everyone in the team stuck together. There was no finger pointing or blaming. 3 Lani Maher at Australian WEG Team Training/Free Rein Photography This isn’t something I noticed at the time but something I 4 South Australia’s Jamie Hocking at the 2010 Equestrian NSW State appreciate now. Championships/Free Rein Photography 5 Lani Maher, Rebecca Hilman & Joanne Lee, Australian WEG Team 85 demonstration, at Sydney 3DE, SIEC/Free Rein Photography.
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