06 February 2011

Female Coach to lead Australia’s Equestrian Eventing Team for London 2012 Olympic Games

07 February 2011         

Top Eventing Coach Prue Barrett has been appointed National Performance Director of the Australian Eventing Team ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games

Barrett’s appointment comes after long-term coach Wayne Roycroft stepped down from his role as Eventing Head Coach in December 2010.  As an Assistant Coach to Roycroft over many major international campaigns, Barrett brings to the role a wealth of experience both as a coach and former rider herself.

There are not too many Olympic sports that have seen women rise to the top in coaching but Barrett says she is not daunted by the task at hand.

“I believe it is an enormous privilege to serve Australian riders in this capacity as the Eventing National Performance Director,” said Barrett.

“We have extremely talented riders and horses both at home and based overseas and as Australians can be very proud of the history that this country’s Eventing teams have enjoyed at the Olympic Games.

“I am looking forward to working very closely with the riders in the campaign towards the London Olympics,” she said.

Barrett will draw not only from her coaching knowledge but also from her extensive experience as a rider competing at the highest level.  Representing Australia twice at the World Equestrian Games and as a winner in Equestrian’s three-star events in Adelaide, Lochinvar and Melbourne, she knows firsthand what it takes to compete at the highest level.

Equestrian Australia’s (EA) Chair Paul Cargill said “Prue Barrett’s impressive record speaks for itself. We believe she is the right person to lead our Eventing team into the next Olympics with strong experience as a coach at major international campaigns as well as her passion to maintain Australia’s reputation as a leading equestrian nation.

“Being only 16 months out from London 2012, we couldn’t afford to miss a beat which is why we were quick to appoint Prue after the role became vacant in December.

“Prue’s position is not simply coaching but rather as the Eventing National Performance Director who will be responsible for our high performance pathways and programs.

“EA’s high performance program is well recognised internationally and this program has directly resulted in the success experienced by Australia at an Olympic level.

“Our strong performance at the Olympic Games was reinforced recently when EA was one of ten sports that received additional funding under the Government’s Green and Gold Project.

“The targeted funding announced by Minister for Sport Mark Arbib, is designed to boost Australia’s prospects of success at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Barrett said preparation for the Olympic Games is already underway and for her the London campaign starts today.

“We have a busy schedule as we prepare for London and for me our campaign starts today – I’m looking forward to getting started,” she said.

Age: 41                      
Coaching qualifications:
Australian Sports Commission Scholarship Coach 2009-2010
NCAS Level 2 Eventing Coach, Coach Educator
NSW Institute of Sport Coach
EA National Youth Development Program Manager 2009-2010

Coaching experience:
2010 Assist Coach World Equestrian Games (Kentucky)
2003 Assist Coach Trans Tasman
2002 Assist Coach World Equestrian Games (Jerez)

Athlete experience:
1999 Adelaide 3 star winner
1998 World Equestrian Games (Rome)
1997 Lochinvar 3 star winner
1994 9th World Equestrian Games (Hague)
1993 Trans Tasman Team
1992 Lochinvar and Melbourne 3 star winner
2000 Shadow Olympic Team

Masters of Education (Coach Education) Sydney University

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