It’s now 17 days until the opening ceremonies at the 2010 World Equestrian Games being held in Lexington, Kentucky.
Since Canada’s last major games outing, I’ve been promoted to Team Leader which is a fantastic honour if not a bit intimidating. I say the last part for 2 reasons: 1) I’m following in the large footsteps left by the previous Team Leader Mike Gallagher, who set the bar extremely high and ended his reign with Canada winning Olympic Silver and Gold. As he said to me when he passed the Team Leader torch to me last year “Beat that Kerri!”.
I can tell you that I will certainly give it my all and do my very best to help our athletes, owners and numerous support team members in their preparations so that when it comes to entering that competition venue, they are able to focus on their jobs and lay down personal best performances. I don’t think I have to tell you that to play a small part in this is both a privilege and an honour – not to mention the experience of a lifetime!
The 2010 World Equestrian Games will be my first ‘gig’ as Team Leader….and what a gig! Canada will have 37 athletes, 46 horses, 29 support staff and about 90+ owners. Without a doubt it will be the largest single outing of the Canadian Equestrian Team in history. No pressure!
I’ll be blogging here about my exploits while in Kentucky to give people a taste of what things are like behind the scenes and up close & personal.
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Hope you enjoy the ride as much as I’m looking forward to it!