Pressure mounting for rider
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.