Former Bablake pupil Nick Skelton gets Great Britain nod for Rio Olympics - The Coventry Observer

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Former Bablake pupil Nick Skelton gets Great Britain nod for Rio Olympics

Steve Carpenter 6th Jul, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

WARWICKSHIRE’s Nick Skelton is set to appear in his seventh Olympic Games after being selected as part of Great Britain’s equestrian team for Rio 2016.

The British Olympic Association (BOA) has this week announced the 12 athletes that will compete for Team GB across the three equestrian disciplines of eventing, dressage and jumping.

Skelton, who went to Bablake School in Coventry, will represent his country again in the jumping discipline on his 13-year-old horse Big Star and he will be looking to come away from Brazil with another medal after winning gold in London four years ago.

He said: “I’m very happy. Hopefully we can do as good a job as we did in London.

“I’m delighted to have been selected; the horse is jumping well and is in good form, and let’s just hope we can do a good job.”

Equestrian Team Leader, Dan Hughes, added: “The team we have selected represents the strength in depth of talent we are lucky enough to enjoy in equestrian sport in the UK, and the mix of both experience and new talent across the three equestrian events in Rio.

“There is a robust team spirit amongst our athletes, staff, grooms and our all-important owners that underpins the strongest desire to win medals in Rio. As a team we go there with that single focus.”

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