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12 October 2015


Jaguar Land Rover Academy of Sport has singled out eight rising star equestrian athletes for their sporting achievements and handed a prestigious spot on this year’s Academy programme. Young aspiring athletes in this year’s programme are, Phoebe Peters, Ruth Hole, Charlotte Fry, Anna Wilks, Alex Gill, Thomas Tullock, Lydia Aucott and Molly Bowen-Morris.

As part of the programme, several of the athletes experienced a once in a lifetime opportunity as they attended the world famous Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials last month where they got to rub shoulders with London 2012 silver medallist Zara Phillips and walk the famous course with Captain Mark Phillips.

Just 276 star athletes have been awarded with an Academy bursary since 2010, with 35 per cent of Jaguar Land Rover Academy alumni progressing to professional or world-class funding level – which demonstrates the huge potential for these athletes in the years ahead.

Phoebe Peters, a 16-year-old, who broke two world records at the 2015 European Championships for Ponies earlier this year, said: “Being part of the Jaguar Land Rover Academy of Sport is really amazing,” said Peters, who also attended a workshop as part of the scheme alongside some star-studded ambassadors such as rugby stars Lewis Moody and Maggie Alphonsi.

“To be part of something with such amazing athletes and being able to look up to inspirational people that are higher up in sports is amazing and it really motivates you to want to keep going.

“This experience at Burghley has been really amazing to be with athletes that work really hard and try to achieve the best they can. Meeting athletes like the ambassadors this programme has is really amazing because you don’t get an opportunity like that every day.”

Rugby World Cup winner Jason Robinson, who also spent individual time with a handful of athletes at the world famous Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, is convinced Peters has a hugely exciting future ahead of her.

“I was young once and I had all these hopes and dreams and it’s just great that we can give them support in their chosen fields and just help them to achieve their potential,” said Robinson, who scored a try in the final as England were crowned 2003 Rugby World Cup champions.

“It gives everyone else confidence that actually it does work. We are seeing some of these young people turn into some of the best athletes that the country’s got. I think it’s fantastic for these young people and give it three, four or five years and I'm sure we will be watching them on TV.”

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