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Hutton, Dunn and Cousins selected to compete down under

last updated on December 02, 2008 21:50

Hutton, Dunn and Cousins selected to compete down under
Charlie Hutton, Jessica Dunn and Emily Cousins have been selected to represent Britain at the 2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF), which takes place at Sydney Olympic Park in Australia from 14-18 January.
 
The AYOF is a multi-sport event for athletes aged 13 to 19. Its mission is to discover future Olympic champions and provide them with an environment reminiscent of Olympic Games and promote Olympic ideals of friendship, solidarity and fair play. Some 25 nations will take part in 21 different sports at the fifth staging of this event.
 
AYOF team leader Caroline Griffith said: “This is the first time equestrian teams have been invited to take part in the festival and we’re all really looking forward to the occasion.”
 
All the riders will be competing on borrowed horses. This should suit Hutton, 19, whose parents run the world-renowned Talland School of Equitation in Gloucestershire. He was a member of the British team at the 2006 and 2007 Junior European Championships and 2008 Young Rider Europeans.
 
Also 19, Dunn evented until turning to dressage five years ago. She won the 2006 restricted medium national championships and has since won at international level and was named best Brit at the 2007 Herentals under-21 international in Belgium.
 
“I’m speechless. It’s such a big deal to have been chosen. It will be an amazing experience to compete at that level as it’s bigger than any of the competitions I have taken part in before – I can’t wait,” said Dunn.
 
Cousins, also 19, started her equestrian career in showing and has had success at national and international level. In preparation for the festival, she will compete in the young rider world cup in Berlin, Germany, in December.
 
Samantha Harrison has been named as non-travelling reserve.
 
For more info, visit www.olympics.com.au/page/35/AYOF.


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