Year Awarded: 2005
Sport: Equestrian
Team Sport Australia Award

Australian Equestrian Team 1996 (Equestrian) - 1996

Australia’s winning equestrian team in Atlanta, which included two gold medallists from the previous Games in Barcelona --- Andrew Hoy and Gillian Rolton --- was notable not only for its riding skill. It also set exemplary standards of raw courage. Wendy Schaeffer, at 21 Australia’s youngest equestrian gold medallist ever, rode with a broken leg --- suffered in training two months before. She was in pain for most of the three-day event, but still finished on top of the overall table. (At previous Games this would have entitled her to a second gold medal). Gillian Rolton had two crushing falls in the cross-country section, suffering broken collarbone and broken ribs --- but remounted to finish the course. Phillip Dutton finished second to Schaeffer on the points table and Hoy was fourth --- enabling Australia to win by 57 points from the US.

Olympic Games, Atlanta

Team Members: Phillip Dutton, Andrew Hoy, Gillian Rolton, Wendy Schaeffer

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When considering the stature of an athlete or for that matter any person, I set great store in certain qualities which I believe to be essential in addition to skill. They are that the person conducts his of her life with dignity, with integrity, courage, and perhaps most of all, with modesty. These virtues are totally compatible with pride, ambition, and competitiveness.