For one year 12 student, sitting the HSC exams this year will be quite a unique experience, as she does so while also representing Australia at the 2018 Youth Olympics in October.
Madi Sinderberry from Condobolin High School is one of just eight elite athletes to make the first round cut for the Australian Youth Olympics team for the 2018 Games in Buenos Aires.
She is the only competitor so far from regional NSW and one of just two first announcement athletes from outside a capital city.
Fast making a name for herself in equestrian events here and abroad, Madi already has the 2017 and 2016 Australian and NSW Young Rider (Under 21) championships to her name.
While Condobolin High – close to the geographical centre of NSW, some 460 kilometres west of Sydney – is a small school of just over 200 students, her principal Jeff Ward is confident that their enthusiasm will make up for their size as they cheer Madi on to success in October.
“Madi is academically driven,” her Condobolin High Principal, Jeff Ward said.
“The way she juggles her exceptional achievements in sport and studies is nothing short of amazing.
“Every school needs a Madi – she is an exceptional young lady in every way.
“We are so proud that her achievements have been highlighted by the Australian Olympic Committee announcement.
“Her passion and hard work in her chosen sport have presented her with the opportunity of a lifetime,” he said.
Currently the sole Equestrian in the team, Madi is no stranger to international competition having worn the green-and-gold in competitions in South Korea, Hong Kong and New Zealand.
Her program at the Argentinian capital will comprise of four days of showjumping. An added challenge is that they will be ‘borrowed horse’ events, something Madi has already experienced in previous international competitions.
Her international experience has proven Madi an adaptable rider and has mastered the knack of reading her horse quickly to get the best out of them.
Madi lives some 50 kilometres out of town along a dirt road, so as well as being a capable rider she is a highly adept dirt road driver traversing the track between school and home, where she maintains a team of four horses.
She has chosen HSC subjects that enable her to work independently, but praises her teachers’ willingness to accommodate her competition commitments by being understanding, helpful and flexible.
When she completes school, Madi plans to be a professional rider and has her sights set on the large showjumping stables in the USA and Europe.
As well as the thrill of representing Australia in showjumping at the Youth Olympic Games, Madi - who is keen and capable across a breadth of sports - is looking forward to being part of Australia’s multisports team and living in the athletes village with competitors in 32 different sports drawn from across the world.