The future for women in sport looking bright as 10 school girls chosen for national equestrian championships
|The future for women in sport looking bright as 10 school girls chosen for national equestrian championships - 11th Aug 2017|
The future for women in sport looking bright as 10 school girls chosen for national equestrian championships|
This week it has been announced that ten students from the New England Girls' School (NEGS) have been selected for the Australian Interschool Championships, the highest number in the school's history.
On Monday 25th September, ten students from NEGS will join over 2,000 school based competitors, spectators and supporters from around the country at the Toowoomba based Marcus Oldham Australian Interschool Championships, the largest equestrian grassroots program delivered nationally in Australia.
In another first, NEGS will also boast the greatest student representation from any school competing in all five disciplines; Jumping, Dressage, Eventing, Combined Training and Show Horse riding.
NEGS riders Lucy Ramsay, Jaimie McElroy, Sarah Wyatt, Isabella Arabejo, Matilda Hall, Matilda McCarroll, Charlotte Jacobson and Katie Hancock have been chosen to represent NSW at the event whilst our two students from the Northern Territory Olivia Ruzsicska and Brooke McKenna have been chosen to represent their state.
The students are members of the High Performance and Development squads that are a key training component of the NEGS Equestrian program. Weekly squad training plus customised and highly individualised training programs for horse and rider are also integral to the recent spate of success that the girls have experienced.
Instrumental to the girls' success has been the coaching and guidance from Equestrian Olympian Imtiaz Anees who in 2015 moved from the USA, with the ambitious goal of taking the already high standard of riding at NEGS to new heights in competition. His colleague Rachelle Hirst, an upper level dressage rider has also been indispensable from a mentoring and coaching perspective.
NEGS Principal, Mrs Mary Anne Evans says, "the selection in these teams is a credit to the hard work the girls have put into their riding to rise above the thousands of other students in their states. It is also a testament to the dedication and commitment of our coaches Imti & Rachelle. A number of students come to NEGS with aspirations to become competitive riders on a state and national level, and NEGS aims to nurture their ambitions through our state-of-the-art training and fitness programs and extensive competition schedules.
In 2016 Olivia Ruzsicksa, a Year 10 boarder from Humpty Doo in the Northern Territory moved to NEGS to pursue her ambitions of becoming a champion dressage rider. Previously, Olivia had faced multiple geographical challenges, including having to travel thousands of kilometres to support her dream if she was to compete on a professional level. Her bravery has paid off, with the determined young rider confirming that the opportunities provided at NEGS have been life-changing, "It has been the best decision of my life, even though my family are so far away. Thanks to NEGS I have access to some of the best coaches in the country and I am just incredibly grateful for that opportunity".
Lucy Ramsay, Warren - Eventing
Jamie McElroy, Gunnedah - Eventing
Sarah Wyatt, Warren - Eventing
Isabella Arabejo, Brookfield (Qld) - Dressage and Combined Training
Matilda McCarroll, Duffys Forest - Eventing
Matilda Hall, Walcha - Dressage
Charlotte Jacobson, Forbes - Dressage and Hacking
Katie Hancock, Kelly's Plains (Armidale) - Dressage
Northern Territory Team:
Brooke McKenna, Berry Springs (NT) - Showjumping
Olivia Ruzsicska, Humpty Doo (NT) - Dressage