Pres­sure mount­ing for rider

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

Mata­mata’s Jas­mine Fawcett has been se­lected for the train­ing squad to com­pete in the 2013 World Mounted Games Team Cham­pi­onships which will be held in New Zealand for the first time.

The squad com­prises 20 North Is­land rid­ers and in April that num­ber will be re­duced to eight.

Six months on, the team will be trimmed to the five rid­ers who will con­test the world cham­pi­onships in Hast­ings.

Fawcett’s train­ing part­ner Denise Egging from Tau­ranga is also in the team and both said they were look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge.

‘‘I have been train­ing a lot lately so once I get used to the level of rid­ing I don’t think I will be as ner­vous if I make it to the worlds,’’ Fawcett said.

For train­ing, the squad com­petes against each other to get ac­cus­tomed to the pres­sure. They con­stantly set goals, record when they reach them, and talk to sports psy­chi­a­trists for phys­i­cal and emo­tional sup­port.

‘‘At the com­pe­ti­tion ev­ery­one is at the same skill level so where your head is will de­ter­mine who wins,’’ Fawcett said.

She said she trained ev­ery day now that she had grad­u­ated from St Peter’s School in Cam­bridge.

‘‘I love train­ing for mounted games be­cause of the adrenalin you get from it.’’

Fawcett com­peted in a fourper­son team at Equi­days at Mys­tery Creek which won the over­all team com­pe­ti­tion.

Ready for com­pe­ti­tion: Jas­mine Fawcett, pic­tured com­pet­ing in a mounted games chal­lenge, is now train­ing for the 2013 World Mounted Games Team Cham­pi­onships.

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