Aldergrove equestrian Hawley Bennett-Awad has earned a spot competing in the 2012 Olympics in London.
Its still just a little overwhelming, she told the Langley Advance when it became official in the fall.
The 33-year-old was part of a four-person team that won silver in eventing, a sport that includes three tests (dressage riding, cross-country jumping, and show jumping), at the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY.
Canada was not expected to do well. The team members themselves were just hoping to get at least fifth place.
Bennett-Awad and teammates came second after Great Britain, but ahead of New Zealand.
The finish also qualifies Canadas team for the Canadian Eventing competition for 2012.
Bennett-Awad has had an Olympic dream since childhood, when she entered a Langley contest to be a torchbearer for the 1988 Olympics, held in Calgary.
At the 2010 Winter Olympics, she carried the torch in Richmond.
She competed in the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, calling it a learning experience.
It was one of the best experiences of my life, Bennett-Awad said.
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