04 May 2011

Australian News: London 2012 Operation GREENwich GOLD -- galloping to gold in 2012

Equestrian Australia has officially launched its campaign for the London Olympic Games. Equestrian events for the London Games will be held at the famous Greenwich Park.

In front of 300 guests at the Equestrian Australia Sport Achievement Awards Night held at ANZ stadium, “Operation GREENwich GOLD. Galloping to gold in 2012” was unveiled in spectacular style.

Following a live performance of “Dreams”, the campaign song, silver medallist Megan Jones and aspiring team member Brett Parbery appealed for the support of the Australia Equestrian community to help the athletes achieve greatness in London.

The atmosphere in the room was electric as the guests cheered the National Squad athletes in attendance.

“This is a holistic campaign,” said Grant Baldock, Equestrian Australia CEO. “We have great athletes, great owners, great coaching staff, supporters and administration and we need to pull together and power toward London.”

With less than 500 days until the London Olympic Games momentum is rapidly building. Tonight’s launch followed the Australian Olympic Committee team processing at Horsley Park, which Equestrian athletes attended throughout the day.

Australia has achieved 11 Olympic medals in Equestrian, all of which have been in Eventing. Two Para-Equestrian medals were won in Beijing. Whilst, Australian Dressage and Jumping has found new legs, with best-ever performances at the 2010 World Equestrian Games.

“Equestrian sport in Australia has never been stronger. Looking across the disciplines we are on track to achieve Australia’s best-ever overall Olympic team result,” said Brett Mace, Equestrian Australia High Performance Manager.

Equestrian Australia thanks the Australian Olympic Committee, the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Paralympic Committee for their support.

Equestrian Australia will be keeping the Olympic fever building, so stay tuned to the web site (www.equestrian.org.au) for further developments.

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