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Richard Mitton



The Power of Dreams

Submitted into: Miracles of Sport Category,

On: 2008-01-25



I started seriously competing in equestrian events at age 12 and dedicated more than 20 years to my major goal of being selected to represent my country at an Olympic Games. I had no doubt that with dedication and talent, I should expect a miracle.

Having competed in the equestrian discipline of eventing for many years, both in Australia and Europe, it was a natural step for me to give back to my sport once I stopped competing. So when I returned home from overseas to Australia 12 years ago, I started helping out at our 3 major events in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne.

horseMy role initially involved personnel and incident management of a section of the cross-country jumping course – from briefing and positioning judges and emergency crews to coordinating incident responses to updating the control centre on the smooth running of the event.

I enjoyed my sector controlling as it kept me involved with a sport I loved, utilized my experience, enabled me to give something back and especially because I felt it developed my leadership qualities.

At the Sydney Olympics I volunteered as a technical official doing a similar job – an experience I thoroughly enjoyed.

Since Sydney I have continued to help out but increasingly in the control centre as the event manager. During 2007 I was asked to apply for a position at the Beijing Olympics (in Hong Kong due to quarantine restrictions). Just prior to Christmas, my application was accepted as an International Specialist and 2nd in charge of running the control centre of the eventing discipline.

It was then that I realized that I had fulfilled a long term dream to represent my country at the Olympics, just not in the way I initially planned as a competitor. When I missed my Olympic selection, I never conceded defeat but when I retired, I never gave my dream a second thought for more than 12 years!


However the vast groundwork that I had put into that dream all those years ago was obviously still enough to get me over the line…So NEVER give up on your dreams, just be prepared to modify them as circumstances change and your miracle may just come true like mine has.

Dr Richard Mitton