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Some athletes were able to schedule individual lessons and all vaulters and spectators learnt so much watching Devon drive these vaulters to their limits, leaving them with a positive plan forward. Devon hails from California, USA, having graduated in theatre arts. He has competed successfully internationally, individually, pas de deux and teams. He is the only American male to have won an individual gold medal, and twelve years later also taking gold with his team at WEG, Kentucky, 2010, Devon has been described as the ‘absolute all-round equestrian athlete genius’. Devon has a unique and creative coaching style and encourages vaulters, coaches and lungers to be the very best they can be. He inspires and motivates and his dedication to all things vaulting is totally infectious. Devon enjoys his Aussie clinics and is keen to see the progression of his vaulters and horses and follows them all with interest. All participants are very keen to have Devon back again and again. NSW State Vaulting Workshop Sydney Vaulting Group was fortunate to receive the Equestrian NSW Special Project Funding for the purpose of conducting a state workshop. The visiting clinician was internationally acclaimed vaulter Gero Meyer who proved to be very popular with not only the higher level vaulters, but the younger and less experienced, as well as the coaches and vaulting enthusiasts. His positive coaching style and pleasant personality made each and every vaulter want to achieve the tasks set by him, challenging though they may have been. The clinic was held at various venues in the Sydney/ Hawkesbury region. Richmond TAFE proved to be a very appropriate venue for this type of activity and we were fortunate to have the use of the facilities. The convenience of the large stables, a great surface on the indoor arena as well as a nice location for the outdoor activities ensured a pleasant three days, and the lecture room provided plenty of space and good facilities for Jenny Carroll to run the session on sport development. The final day commenced in the gym at Castle Hill RSL and was much fun. Gero spent time with the coaches answering their many questions. The last afternoon was held at Johnson Equestrian Centre, and the advanced vaulters had one-on-one sessions with Gero working on freestyle, and then took it to the horses. Coaches and officials spent valuable time with EA Coach Educator, Christine Johnson, who focused on ways to effectively support our athletes. The clinic was supported by EA members from Scone, Bathurst, NEQC, SVG, Hawkesbury, and individuals from Sydney, Qld. The clinic catered for both advanced and intermediate vaulters. Krystle Lander also donated her time to assist Gero with the coaching. In addition, the advanced vaulters were encouraged to support the intermediate vaulters. The clinic was attended by 25 vaulters each day. In total 45 vaulting enthusiasts attended over the four days, including vaulters, coaches, officials and volunteers. In addition to the daytime activities, a vaulting forum was has held and the groups represented were Hawkesbury, Scone, SVG, and NEqC. It was extremely useful to have the input of our vaulters to help with future direction of our sport, and in turn to show the vaulters that the new VNSW committee is there to offer support when needed. 1) Alicen Divita demonstrating her world class style 2) Alicen Divita addresses the workshop 3) Christoph Lensing at the National Vaulting workshop 4) Gero Meyer with Judy and Doug Denby at the NSW State Vaulting workshop Images by VNSW 3 4 111


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