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Posted by Equestrian Australia on 05/04/2013.

Annie Lever appointed as National Performance Director for Jumping

Equestrian Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Annie Lever as the National Performance Director for Jumping.

Annie’s appointment is a four-year tenure and will see her spearhead EA’s High Performance (HP) Jumping program leading into the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy and 2016 Rio Olympic Games. 

Annie brings to the role more than 30 years of experience in sports administration. She has owned and operated equestrian businesses domestically and overseas and is a skilled communicator having worked in senior media and communications roles both here in Australia and abroad.

As National Performance Director for Jumping, Annie will bring together a strategic HP group who she will collaborate with to provide a framework that will give Australia’s elite level jumping riders and horses the best possible chance for success on the international stage.

“I am very excited to be in a position to offer my skills and experience in maximising the potential of Australia’s elite jumping riders and horses.

“It is my job to lead and develop the program so that we have as many combinations on the platform for selection for WEG and Rio.”

“The depth of Australian talent both here and in Europe is certainly developing depth so I am excited about joining the program at this time.”

“As a first step I want to develop a high level of communication with the riders, owners and associated stakeholders to provide an integrated and coordinated transparent program to assist the development and preparation for the period leading into WEG,” Annie said.   

Annie will be supported by current selectors, coaches and veterinarians to deliver sustained international success and create a professional, dynamic and ultimately successful High Performance Program for Jumping.

Outgoing National Performance Director Stephen Lamb has played a pivotal role in Jumping’s High Performance Program. Before taking on this role in 2011 Stephen served on Jumping’s High Performance Panel and has been the Jumping Chef d’Equipe since 1999.  Serving in these roles in a voluntary capacity Stephen has guided the program with passion and determination and EA thanks him for his dedication to the Jumping program. 

“I’d like to thank the committee members and selectors who have supported me in my roles and over the years. I’m particularly grateful to Peter Cooke for his support during this time.”

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