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3 World Equestrian Games Experience – Sarah Leadbetter Being an athlete in the World Equestrian Games was the most amazing experience I have ever experienced in my life, I felt honoured having the opportunity to represent 4 Australia in my sport. The games were every thing and more than I expected them to be. There were amazing athletes, beautiful horses, great choreography, and Report from Lee Briggs dazzling costumes. It was really exciting to be competing My WEG experience cannot be summed up in one word at the pinnacle of the horse sport world and against but many, the first being thrilling, the amount of adrenalin vaulters that have been my idols for many years since you have when you are competing is outstanding and it I had started vaulting. Although the long haul to get to almost feels like you are on a roller coaster. The next the games was not an easy one, we grew as a team and word would be awesome. This is a very general word accomplished many things that not many could do alone, to use, however, it describes everything about the physically or mentally. This experience has definitely competition and the whole experience so well. The whole made an impact on my life that I will remember for ever. sense of WEG, fills you with so much joy and excitement, Going to the games has motivated me even more than it is unimaginable, until you actually experience it. before and I plan on going to many more. Report from Ruth Skrzypek Report from Lani Maher The most amazing thing for me about WEG was being My trip to America 2010 for the World Equestrian Games in the same place as the best vaulters in the world, was an experience of a lifetime, one that I will remember watching them train, learning from them and sharing the forever. We trained intensely for one month in Tennessee experience with my team mates. After all the months of along with three Colombians, one Canadian, three USA training it was a fantastic experience to be in the position individuals and the USA team that went on to win gold. of achieving our team goals, relying on each other and Training with so many amazing vaulters and horses in this having fun at the same time. Performing in front of environment was an incredible learning experience not to thousands of people wasn’t as scary as I thought it might mention the lifelong friendships we formed. Our weeks of be. However when we had finished our routine and we hard work, blood, sweat and tears all paid off as we ran heard the sound of all the people clapping, it amplified or into the arena at the World Equestrian Games. What was feelings of excitement and happiness that we had done once a dream, then a goal, had now become a reality. our best and achieved what we had set out to achieve. It Throughout the trip I challenged myself both physically is difficult to put all my emotions into words. But one of and mentally which allowed me to grow as a person and a the things that made the experience very special was the vaulter. I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without close relationships that developed between members of the wonderful support of my coaches, family, friends and the team who became almost like a second family. That is school that have given me the chance to get to where I something that will last long after WEG. am now. It was a fantastic end to three years of fun and hard work with my team, but it was also the beginning to so much more in the future. 87


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