Young New Zealand showjumper Emily Fraser has been nominated to represent the country at the Youth Olympic Games in China in August.
The 17-year-old from Feilding headed off a classy short-list to earn nomination to the NZ Olympic Committee.
“I am just so excited,” she said.. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Being named as the single Kiwi representative for the second IOC Youth Olympic Games was the biggest goal of her first season out of ponies.
Equestrian Sports New Zealand have nominated Fraser as the showjumping rider, with Lily Tootill (Karaka) the nominated non-travelling reserve and Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) the nominated chef d’equipe/coach.
The nominations still need to be ratified by the New Zealand Olympic Committee, who are responsible for the final selection of the team to represent the nation across all sports at the games.
The nominations were made at the end of a long selection and trial process completed throughout the 2013-2014 season. The 2014 Youth Olympic Games are a borrowed horse event.
Fraser’s nomination is the decision of the ESNZ jumping young rider selectors who have taken into account previously stated qualifying criteria as well as noting her performance history and proven ability to perform consistently on different horses.
The games are being held in Nanjing, China in August.