all about winning medals
exciting new World Class Start and Potential Programme will focus
on supporting and nurturing outstanding riding talent in young people
across the Olympic equestrian sports in the UK and improve Great
Britain's future success on the world stage. The first group of
hugely talented riders (40 aged between 10 and 32) have now formally
accepted World Class Start and Potential Manager Victoria Kind's
invitation to come on to the programmes for this intensive development
British Equestrian Federation's ambitious 10 year plan was granted
Lottery funding by Sport England earlier this year and is still
under development by governing bodies, riders, trainers and managers.
So, how does it work? The long-term plan is to provide each rider
with an entire 'toolkit' of skills, experiences, knowledge and information
to equip them to win at senior and international level. Sports scientists,
psychologists, nutritionists and fitness experts as well as the
world's best riding trainers will help the selected riders to reach
their optimum performance. That means having communication skills,
being a good ambassador for the sport and being a well rounded person
as well as a top athlete.
fact, World Class Start and Potential are the first two steps in
a three stage long-term plan to keep outstanding riders in the sport
and become future medal winners - not least gold at the 2008 and
2012 Olympics. We will provide the best opportunity and support
to maximise their competitive potential on the long road to success
through individually tailored training and management. The elite
riders that make it to the top will enter the World Class Performance
Programme, which supports riders training and competing at the highest
January 2003 selection will open up to allow anyone to apply. The
new process is designed to pick out those individuals who have all
the characteristics required to go out there and win at World level.
We aren't just looking for talent - the selected riders will be
the kind if personalities who have the potential for the long haul
to get to compete on the world stage. Information on the selection
process and how to apply will be widely available later in the year.
said, "I strongly believe that with World Class working alongside
the programmes each of the disciplines currently have in place we
have a very exciting future. If everyone embraces it with enthusiasm
and gives it the support it deserves we can give our riders and
the sport a real boost and reaffirm our world dominance in all disciplines.
We have so much talent out there - World Class just wants to provide
a helping hand up the ladder of success."