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Sport Development EA Vaulting HP Squad Report The Vaulting High Performance (HP) programme ran for its first year in 2012. This was an exciting step for Australian vaulting and has already seen a huge improvement in the standards of Australian vaulters. The 2012 Vaulting HP Squad consisted of 10 individual vaulters (6 female and 4 male) and one pas de deux. Male vaulters Zac Singlehurst, David Waller, Jamie Hocking, Lee Briggs Female vaulters Lani Maher, Emma Moulds, Sarah Leadbeater, Ruth Skrzypek, Krystle Lander, Jerri Butt Pas de deux Anna Betts and Lucy Betts Squad activities in 2012 included a weekend training camp held in September, use of video footage and social media for ongoing feedback and eight of the twelve squad members travelled to compete internationally in 2012. This included three competitors representing Australia at the World Championships in Le Mans, France. This was an exciting first year for the Vaulting HP Programme. Hopefully with the implementation of the EA HP programme, we will continue see an improvement in the performances of Australia’s top vaulters. Tristyn Lowe Judges Forum 2012 This was my first venture into the teaching world of judges, so I was quite excited about the idea of sharing ideas and honing my skills. Being the youngest and newest judge of the group I wanted to learn as much as possible from my peers. We started the weekend with a discussion about the recent FEI changes, and what options could be considered for the Australian Vaulting Rules. Did we want to follow completely? Did we want to follow in some aspects? Did we think splitting judges into their respective roles would be good for the sport at large? We also spent several hours brainstorming ideas for team classes, and considering how to make these accessible to more people. We worked out a possibility for new class nomenclature and considered the long-standing debate around lowering the total horse points. The following morning we had a session on basic scores. That is, on honing our eyes to see the highest score the move could receive, and then looking at which deductions to remove from it. We did the same with horse score. This was particularly important given the huge changes made by the FEI in regards to this vital score. We had the benefit of Ben Harris (National Education Manager at Equestrian Australia) there to provide us with support and ideas. One of the key directions he discussed was the idea of how to develop the sport for athletes who compete for enjoyment rather than being competitive. How our sport could foster this? For us as judges it was an interesting idea and could all see the benefit of embracing this concept. We finished the weekend by working out the subcommittee for drafting the newest set of the AVR, a NSW based group consisting Robyn Bruderer, Jenny Scott and myself all stepping forward into this role. In total the weekend was a great learning experience. I walked away with a lot more work to do than when I walked in, but I hope I will be able to make a difference in the large scheme of things, both in NSW and Australia. Krystle Lander 1 112


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