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Former vaulter Sarah Gemmell has become only the second Brit to be accepted by the FEI to be a vaulting candidate judge.

She will officiate for the first time at the CVI*/** Geel in Belgium in May 2011.

John Eccles was the first British judge, appointed last year.

“It is great for British vaulting and will allow us to grow and help towards our aim for running our own international in the next few years with some of our own judges,” said British Vaulting’s chef d’equipe Lucy Bell.

Sarah competed at her first British Championships when she was 12, leading to a successful career within Britain, achieving titles including pairs in 1995, 1996, 2001 and 2002, and advanced team 1997 and 1998.

She has also competed in CVI**s in France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovakia, Germany, Holland and Italy.

Sarah represented Great Britain as an individual at the European Championships 2001, 2003 and 2005, the World Equestrian Games 2002 and 2006, and the World Championships 2004.