Student takes on role for Chinese Olympian

Sheffield Hallam University student Rena Huan Huang, left, with  Chinese Olympic equestrian sportsman  Alex Hua Tian at the Chatsworth International Horse Trials
Sheffield Hallam University student Rena Huan Huang, left, with Chinese Olympic equestrian sportsman Alex Hua Tian at the Chatsworth International Horse Trials
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A Chinese student based in Sheffield is working to promote the success of her country’s only Olympic equestrian.

Rena Huan Huang came to study MSc Sports Business Management at Sheffield Hallam University from her home in Mengzi in China’s Yunnan province.

She took on a voluntary marketing internship alongside Alex Hua Tian several months ago.

Alex made a name for himself five years ago at the 2008 Beijing Olympics as the “one-in-a-billion” rider when he became the first Chinese equestrian to compete.

Rena has been working closely with the UK-based rider to raise his international profile.

The 24-year-old has also been trying to encourage interest in equestrian events in China, where horse-riding is not very well-known.

She said: “It is quite a unique position to be able to work on promoting Alex’s success and the professional development of equestrian activity in China.”