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FEI Athlete Committee elected for Jumping, Eventing and Para-Equestrian Dressage

Woman in profile Laurentia Tan in 2008. Image credit: melandering from Singapore

The FEI announced yesterday the results of the elections for FEI Athlete Committee for equestrians representing Jumping, Eventing and Para-Equestrian Dressage.  They are Singaporean Laurentia Tan for para-equestrian, British Daisy Berkeley for eventing and Brazilian Rodrigo Pessoa for jumping.

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Laurentia Tan in 2008. Image credit: melandering from Singapore


The original elections were held from April 15 to June 1 with twenty-six total athletes contesting for three spots, but no athlete received a simple majority so a run off was held. Held online, the elections ended on Wednesday. It was the first election where athletes were able to directly vote for their athlete representatives. Their term officially starts on December 15, 2015.

Para-equestrian representative Tan is a decorated Paralympic medalist. A Class IA competitor, she earned a silver medal in London in the Individual Freestyle Test Dressage event, and a bronze in the Individual Championship Dressage. At the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, she earned a pair of bronze medals in the same events.  Her medals were the first ever won by an Asian at the Paralympic Games.   In 2008, she was awarded the Public Service Medal. Tan is deaf and has cerebral palsy.   She is based in England, and spends a lot of time training in Germany.

Laura Hale
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Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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