A show jumpers' journey to Buenos Aires 2018
19 May 2017
EQUESTRIAN: The Olympic journey for Australia’s young showjumping riders will begin on June 10 and 11 at Camden’s Bicentennial Park in NSW.
The current crop of young jumping riders will be aiming to gain their Certificate of Capability to be considered for selection as an Australian representative at the third Youth Olympic Games (YOG) to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in September 2018.
To gain their Certificate of Capability the riders will have to complete a jumping course designed by Rio Olympic Games course designer Guilerme Jorge with no more than eight penalties.
The Youth Olympic Games is an elite sporting event for young people from all over the world. An event distinct from other youth sports events, as they also integrate a unique Culture and Education Programme (CEP), based around five main themes: Olympism, Social Responsibility, Skills Development, Expression and Well-being and Healthy Lifestyles.
Next year's Buenoa Aires Games will aim to bring together over 3,500 talented young athletes aged 15 to 18 from around the world for a 12-day period and will feature 28 sports on the summer programme, including Jumping.
Australia’s past equestrian representatives at YOGs have been Tom McDermott in Singapore 2010 and Jake Hunter in Nanjing, 2014, where he won the individual bronze medal. Hunter and McDermott have both gone on to compete internationally.
There are four events in Australia where athletes can compete to gain their Certificate of Capability include:
Camden , NSW from 10-11 June
Gatton, Qld from 3-4 August
State Equestrian Centre, WA from 28-29 October
Boneo Park, Vic from 7-8 November