Two NSWIS athletes have been named on the four-member Para-Equestrian Team for Tokyo 2020, with Sharon Jarvis making history as the first equestrian athlete to ride at three Paralympic Games.
Jarvis, who competed previously at Beijing 2008 and Rio 2016, will be joined by fellow NSWIS scholarship holder Victoria Davies, who will make her Paralympic debut at Tokyo 2020 after being forced to withdraw from Rio qualification due to illness.
Completing the team is Rio 2016 representative Emma Booth and Germany-based Amelia White, who will also be making her Paralympic debut.
Jarvis will be riding Romanos and will be supported by groom Ashleigh Camptonm, while Davies will ride her own horse, Celere, and will be supported by groom Shae Herwig.
“I have no words!” Davies said on her official Instagram account. “I am so proud, words can’t describe how much I adore Celere and how blessed I feel to have him as my dancing partner on this incredible journey.
“I feel truly honoured to be on the team alongside three talented ladies (Emma, Sharon & Amelia) and excited to share this journey with my beautiful friend and Celere’s groom, @shaeherwig_equestrian.”
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Equestrian Australia Chief Executive Darren Gocher said: “Congratulations to all combinations selected to represent Australia at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games next month. Our Para-equestrian athletes are no strangers to overcoming adversity and throughout the global pandemic they have not lost sight of their Paralympic dreams.
“The history-making efforts by Sharon Jarvis, who with her Tokyo selection becomes the first Australian equestrian Paralympian to compete at three Games, is testament to Sharon’s commitment to Paralympic success. Tokyo 2020 also marks the second Paralympic Games for combination Emma Booth and Mogelvangs Zidane, which is again an Australian first.
“Para-equestrian is truly a team sport and Equestrian Australia would like to acknowledge the horse owners and grooms, whose teamwork allows our athletes to realise their goals. We wish all our Para-equestrian athletes a safe and successful Games and we look forward to watching them shine in the Tokyo dressage arena.”