Sharon started competing in Para Equestrian Dressage for the first time in 2006. Sharon has since represented Australia at the 2007 World Para-Dressage Championships at Hartpury, England riding a borrowed Horse and achieving 2 Top 10 placing’s. More recently representing Australia with her own horse at the World Equestrian Championships in Kentucky, USA, in 2010, coming home a dual Bronze Medallist and the Beijing 2008 Paralympics where she achieved a 4th, 5th and 7th Placing and the Rio Paralympics where she achieved a top 10 placing. Sharon has also been WA State Champion each year since 2006 and National Champion in 2008, '09, '10, and runner up 2012. Sharon has not since competed at these competitions due to financial constraints of travelling with her horse from WA to the east where competitions are held.
At seven years of age Sharon was diagnosed with a Ewing's Sarcoma Bone Cancer in her left femur. A rare aggressive tumour that usually occurs in teenage boys. Originally given the prognosis of 3 months to live, Sharon defied the odds and after a year of Chemo and Radio therapy she was cleared of the cancer. As a result though Sharon has been left with only partial use of her left leg.
Sharon's primary aim after returning from Rio Paralympics was to retain the ride on the horse Ceasy that she had trained, competed and been selected on at Rio. With the help of many people she has been able to purchase the horse and is now on track training for the next World Championships to be held in North Carolina in 2018. Training and keeping your horse and yourself does not come cheaply at this level but with help and support it makes it a little more achievable. Sharon is about to make the move to the east to base permanently for the lead up to World Champs 2018 and Tokyo 2020 so she can focus on training more rather then having to drive backwards and forwards across the Nullarbor so often. Sharon has secured a part time job coaching to help support her move.
Money raised through this platform will assist with a range of training, competition, equipment and travelling costs for Sharon and her horse Ceasy.
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