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1 2 From Jamie Hocking I had a really great time at WEG in Kentucky. It is such My WEG 2010 Experience – Sally Briggs a huge competition and there were 58 nations competing. My World Equestrian Games experience as a team 440 horses had to be flown to the USA. The Kentucky member of Team Phoenix was full of mixed emotions Horse Park was really beautiful and had lots of arenas and and expectations. The physical work of our training was stables and competition areas and every day there were what I was expecting plus more. I think being part of a masses of people. It was way bigger than the whole of team also made the sometime challenging physical work the Royal Show. easier as we were able to help each other and motivate I really, really liked representing Australia in vaulting and each other to push through. We were also fortunate to it was an honour to be part of the first equestrian vaulting have another side of coaching from Devon Maitozo and team to go to WEG. The level of vaulting competition also the experience passed on from his knowledge and was amazing and we were very happy and proud to come training. This combined with our already existing training 10th. My favourite part of the experience was one and knowledge we were able to put together the best we month of intense training in Tennessee just before WEG could as a team. Outside of our training we had amazing with Devon Maitozo and the American team, plus three time spent living together for six weeks, where we learnt Colombian vaulters and a Canadian competitor. The best that cooking for 10 people at a time and then eating things were meeting all the new people, making new takes about three hours all up. Organising time to do all friends and all the new experiences. I was proud for the of our washing and getting it to dry in a small space was Aussie vaulters to be known as good sports and was very a challenge and many trips to the supermarket were just proud that people thought we were nice and fun as well a few of our everyday activities. as good vaulters. Many new friendships were formed not only amongst our I really liked getting to spend time with very cool vaulters team but also with the FACE team, Jill and her family, from other countries. I hope that if I ever become a good Christian, Hannah, Alejandro, Valeria, Juan and all of their vaulter then I would aspire to be nice to younger vaulters supporters and horses. by spending time with them, like they have done for me. Our last week and a half was spent living and competing It was really great that even the superstar vaulters were at the WEG site. Our hotel was very close to the WEG so nice and friendly and happy to talk to me. We had a site and during our stay we were lucky to meet some of really fun time at ‘Nations Night’ where every country put the other competitors for Australia. We were all amazed on a performance. Krystle Lander and our team members at the size of the area that WEG itself took up and the made everyone laugh when we did our skit called ‘Come distances to walk to get around to other areas. To be in to Australia, you might accidentally get killed’. I really the same competition as world ranked vaulters was a liked the Americans because they were so cool and so fantastic feeling. We got to witness some very talented nice and I hope to train with them again. I also had people and horses doing what they love and performing. several top male individual vaulters offer to help me with my training, which is a really good thing if you are a male There were some very tough mental and emotional times vaulter and I hope I can travel some more to do that. that pushed people to their limits, just like the physical My favourite individual vaulters included Gero Meyer work it was hard to get to where we needed to be to be (Germany), Petr Eim (Czech Republic) and Stefan Csandl at that level. All of this together made the experience it (Austria), It was really difficult when we were leaving to was to be part of Team Phoenix. say goodbye and I hope I will see them all again. I learned a lot about how to be more self-sufficient and be more disciplined. It’s really important to learn to be willing to learn from others, anybody. As our coaches have said, you have to put in the hard yards. You have to stay positive when things get a bit rough. I really hope 1 Krystle Lander at the 2010 Equestrian NSW State Championships/ other vaulters in Australia get a chance to do this. Free Rein Photography 2 Aussies competing at WEG/Franz Venhaus 3 Krystle Lander at Equitana 86 4 Jessica Mazlin at the 2010 Equestrian NSW State Championships/ Free Rein Photography


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