Sir Lee Pearson4 February 1974 Great Britain
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- Rio 2016 Paralympic Games - gold and silver
- 2015 FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage European Championships - Gold: Team championships, silver individual championship test grade Ib and freestyle grade Ib
- 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games - Gold: Individual championship test grade 1b; individual freestyle test grade 1b, team championships
- London 2012 Paralympics – Gold: Team championships; Silver: Individual championship test grade 1b; Bronze: Individual freestyle test grade 1b
- 2010 World Championships – Gold: Individual championship test grade 1b; individual freestyle test grade 1b, team championships
Probably the most recognisable face in his sport, the Para dressage force that is Sir Lee Pearson continues to dominate his sport. Affectionately known as ‘The Godfather’ of British Para dressage Pearson’s record is one that leaves most wondering if it can ever be beaten. And as he showed in Rio 2016, there’s still more to come.
The funny, irreverent Pearson has 14 Paralympic medals to his name alone, 11 of them gold in a career that started with a blast of three golds back in Sydney 2000. A further three followed in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, before a team gold, individual silver and bronze at London 2012. A further silver and gold followed at Rio 2016. And let’s not forget the many World and European titles he’s picked up too.
Pearson, who was once famously carried up the stairs of the British Prime Minister’s residence of 10 Downing Street by Margaret Thatcher when he was just a boy, lives with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, which causes congenital joint contractures.
After winning gold in Rio an emotional Pearson spoke about the ‘blood, sweat and tears’ he puts into his sport. It’s hard to imagine Para dressage without him.
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