Edwina Tops-Alexander has been named Equestrian Australia's international athlete of the year. On Equestrian.org.au Equestrian Australia writes: “As the 2011 overall winner of the Global Champions Tour (GCT), the world’s premier Show Jumping circuit, Edwina has proven she is a formidable athlete and one to watch ahead of the London Olympic Games.
Last year she climbed to sixth position on the Rolex FEI world ranking, which is the highest ever achieved by an Australian rider. On her way to winning the multi-million euro Global Champions Tour, Edwina placed first in the Cannes Grand Prix CSI5* and Chantilly Grand Prix CSI5*. She is currently the only female athlete ranked in the world’s top-ten.
Edwina’s horse Cevo Itot du Chateau, who she has combined with to achieve a number of her notable sporting achievements, has been named Equestrian Australia’s international horse of the year.
“This means a lot to us, it’s a great honour to receive this award and I really appreciate the support we’ve both received,” said Edwina. “I really hope that next time I’m back in Australia I’ll have a gold medal around my neck and I’ll be able to share this with all of you,” she added.
Edwina is currently leading the GCT table, having won the opening round of the 2012 competition which was held in Doha, Qatar. She’ll be back in action this weekend when the second round takes place in Valencia Spain.”