UXBRIDGE: Jessica Phoenix will be taking on the best in the world later this summer, at the Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro.
The Wilfrid resident was named to Team Canada on Thursday, July 14, and will be looking to improve on a 22nd place showing at the 2012 London Games, when she and her mount, A Little Romance, trek to Brazil for the eventing competition, scheduled to take place between Aug. 6 and 9.
In addition to competing in London, Ms. Phoenix also qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, before being forced to withdraw, due to an injury suffered during training, by her horse, Exploring.
Last summer, in front of many family and friends, Ms. Phoenix captured a pair of eventing medals at the Pan Am Games - a silver in individual competition and an overall bronze as part of Team Canada
This week, ahead of her latest stint representing her country, Ms. Phoenix is slated to host an Olympic celebration for her family, friends and fans, at 6 p.m., on Thursday, July 21, at the Wilfrid Community Hall located at C20915 Brock Road. The celebratory evening will feature a 50/50 draw and a silent auction.