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Equestrian Australia announces Olympic and Paralympic Shadow Teams
Equestrian Australia (EA) has today announced the 2012 National Squads. The Elite and A Squad listed combinations for each discipline Dressage, Eventing, Jumping and Para-Equestrian will form the Shadow Teams for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Brett Mace, Equestrian Australia’s High Performance Manager, explains the composition of the Shadow Teams. “The “Elite” listed combinations are presently the front-runners for the Olympic and Paralympic teams. However, I am sure our “A” Squad members will make the most of every opportunity to claim a place on the team through exceptional performances in the lead up to London.
“Through the National Performance Directors and Selection panels, we will continue to monitor our combinations at major events prior to nominations being due to the Australian Paralympic Committee and the Australian Olympic Committee in May and June,” he said.
EA will nominate the teams to the Australian Olympic Committee on or before the following dates; Dressage and Jumping (6 June 2012) and Eventing (18 June 2012). EA will nominate the Para-Equestrian team to Australian Paralympic Committee on 24 May 2012.
“With a mixture of experienced Olympians and Paralympians on this Shadow Team, along with some very high quality riders looking to make their first Olympic/Paralympic team, I am confident we can justify our high expectations for medal performances in London,” added Mr. Mace.
EA would like to congratulate the riders, owners and teams behind the selected combinations.
2012 Olympic and Paralympic Equestrian Shadow Squads are linked below:
Note: Combinations will not be listed on the EA National Squads unless they have returned their signed ‘Consent to Nomination Form’ to the EA office. The inclusion of some combinations is still pending this paperwork and they will be added in due course.
Combinations not currently listed may be added to the shadow team in the coming months should performances warrant their inclusion.
EA National Young Rider Squads will be announced at the end of January.
For more information on EA National Squads please click HERE