Ottawa, ON—Canadian Paralympian Lauren Barwick of Aldergrove, BC, has been chosen as the flag bearer for the for the Canadian Equestrian Team at the Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG), which are being held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, September 25—October 10, 2010.
“I was pleasantly surprised with this nomination. I am glad I will be at WEG during the opening ceremonies to fulfil the top honour of carrying our nation’s flag,” said Barwick.
The Opening Ceremonies, which will be broadcast live on USEF TV online at www.USEFNetwork.com, begins at 7 p.m. and will feature nearly 1500 people joining almost 200 horses from around the world for a celebration of dreams that will play tribute to the Games’ American debut.
“We have many accomplished athletes on our Canadian Equestrian Team competing here at the 2010 World Equestrian Games and were certainly spoiled for choice when it came to identifying a flag bearer,” said the Chef d’équipe of the Canadian Equestrian Team, Kerri McGregor. “Lauren's competitive achievements and sportsmanship both on and off the field make her a wonderful ambassador for the Canadian Equestrian Team.”
Barwick, riding her horse Maile, a 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, won the individual gold and individual silver medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games in para-dressage. A two-time Paralympian, Barwick was also named as the 2004 Equine Canada Equestrian of the Year based on her outstanding accomplishments at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, GRE.
The 2010 edition of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games will be the first Games where the discipline of para-dressage will be featured.
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About Para-Equestrian Canada
Para-Equestrian Canada is the Equine Canada committee responsible for developing programs for athletes with a physical disability, and implementing the Para-Dressage high performance program. Para-Equestrian is one of Canada’s most successful international disciplines, achieving an individual gold medal and an individual silver medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games, as well as two individual bronze medals at the 2004 Paralympic Games.
About Para-Equestrian Sport
Para-Equestrian sport provides riders with a physical disability the opportunity to compete against other riders with similar abilities. Riders are given a “Grade” based on their functional ability, and are judged on their riding skill against other athletes of the same Grade. There are five grades of competitions in dressage, with Grade IA representing the more severely impaired riders, and Grade IV representing the least severely impaired riders. Many Para-Equestrian athletes also compete alongside able-bodied competitors in Equine Canada competitions. At the grass roots level, Para-Equestrian encompasses a number of different disciplines, while the international stream focuses only on Para-Dressage. For more information, please visit www.equinecanada.ca/para-equestrian.
About Equine Canada
Equine Canada is Canada’s national governing body for equestrianism. A member-driven, charitable institution, it is the executive branch of the Canadian Equestrian Team, and the national authority for equestrian competition; the national voice for recreational riders; and the national association for equine welfare, breeding, and industry. Equine Canada is recognised by the Government of Canada, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), and the Canadian Olympic Committee as the national organisation representing equestrian sport and equine interests. For more information about Equine Canada, please visit www.equinecanada.ca.