Hearing from an Olympic pioneer! Marden club meet Camilla Kruger

Our clubs across Great Britain enjoy welcoming a range of guests from various sports and our Marden club in Kent are no exception as they recently welcomed Equestrian rider Camilla Kruger to their session.

Camilla’s passion for Equestrian

The group at Marden were fascinated by Camilla’s time at the club as she detailed her journey through Equestrian, competing as a three-day eventer in several national and international events.

Camilla even had some of her competition footage on YouTube as the Marden club watched on while the Zimbabwean detailed some of the technicalities of the sport.

Road to Rio

One particular aspect of Camilla’s journey which brought great interest to the group was when she made history by competing as Zimbabwe’s first ever Equestrian rider at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janerio.

Camilla detailed the significant efforts it took to get to Rio to simply compete, including arranging for her Horse called Sam to make the trip, plus all the equipment needed to arrive at the Equestrian venue. This was on top of making her way to the Olympic Village and ingratiating herself with athletes from all different nations and sports.

Camilla discussed how she tried to capture selfies with other athletes in the Village and how that was an Olympic Sport itself - with even the top athletes seeking out their heroes in other sports to get a selfie!

To top it off, Camilla displayed her Rio competitors medal with the group at Marden.

A brilliant day had by all

The day was wrapped up with the group heading out towards the Cricket pitch at the club, for some final photos as well as explaining to Camilla how they were completing a marathon distance of walking around the perimeter of the Cricket pitch for a bit of group fun!

Sue Eltringham, who facilitates the club in Marden, was thrilled to welcome Camilla to the session: “It was a real honour to have Camilla with us for our session recently and everyone at Marden Sporting Memories thanked Camilla for a fascinating afternoon.

“Camilla had the group enthralled with stories from her career and none more so than the sheer effort it took to just compete in the Rio 2016 Olympics. That kind of story certainly left our members inspired to finish off their marathon challenge around the cricket pitch!”

If you would like to find out more about the Marden club, please contact Sue and the Marden club via mardensportingmemories@gmail.com


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