You can add the name Ginger Kennett to the growing list of Australia’s champion female sport stars.
The 16 year old equestrian vaulter from Picton has just won a major event in Sweden, the CVI Flyinge, beating a host of athletes from Germany, USA, Finland and the host country.
Her next challenge will be the 2019 FEI World Vaulting Championships for Juniors in the Netherlands on July 24-28.
Ginger will have extra support on the sidelines for that event because her proud grandparents John and Jan McLaughlin will be cheering her on.
“Ginger worked very hard for Sunday night’s competition in Sweden so we are very happy for her,’’ Mr McLaughlin said.
“She exceeded our expectations and we can’t wait to get over there to the Netherlands to support her in the next big competition,’’ he said.
“Hopefully she win gold for Australia.
“She works so hard for one so young and we are so proud of her.’’
Ginger Kennett, who lives near Picton on the family’s 600 acre farm, was nominated for Equestrian Australia young athlete of the year in 2018.
On Sunday night our time, Ginger finished with a first place total score of 7.470 (one round compulsories, two rounds freestyle).
Riding a horse called San Zero, she executed her self choreographed routine with grace and expression to finish on top of the podium, with vaulters from Germany and Sweden in second and third place.
“Thanks to the organisers of this world class event,’’ said Ginger’s mother Georgie in a Facebook post this morning.
“It is certainly a big week for Aussie women in sport!’’