China bound . . . Coffs Harbour vet David Johnson.
China bound . . . Coffs Harbour vet David Johnson. Coffs Coast Advocate

Olympic dream for David

COFFS Harbour vet David Johnson jetted out of Australia yesterday as part of the official veterinarian delegation for the equestrian events at the 2008 Olympics in China.

David is among three Australians chosen for the honour, and is exceptionally excited about the trip.

China will be David's second Olympics - he was also a part of the official veterinarian team at Sydney in 2000.

“It's really exciting, and a great honour to work with champion horses and riders who really are the best in the world,” David said.

“And we're working with world leaders in sports medicine, so I'm looking forward to learning a lot.”

Because of disease risk, equestrian events will be held not in Beijing, but in Hong Kong, where a purpose-built Veterinarian Clinic for horses has been established.

He said the major concern for the horses will be the heat and humidity.

“I was in Hong Kong for a test event, and the heat was amazing. The pollution is not as much of a concern as it is in Beijing. The heat and humidity will be the main concern for the horses.

In his month-long commitment, David has just three days off, but looks forward to following the Australian equestrian team's progress.

“I'm actually in the arena for the events, so I'm right in amongst it. Australia has a real chance in the One-Day Event, so I'm looking forward to following that.”

David's three children and his wife will also travel to China for a week during the games.

  • THE Coffs Coast Advocate will be covering the 2008 Beijing Olympics and in constant contact with David. Our Olympic Special supplement will be published on August 5.



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