Woman with cerebral palsy who started horseback riding at age two wins Wales first medal at Paralympic Games after last-minute call-up in Tokyo

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Georgia Wilson won Wales’ first medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games in her debut.

The 25-year-old from Abergele, who was called up at the last minute by the British equestrian team, took bronze in dressage in the individual event (level 2) on Thursday on day two games.

His Paralympic debut produced a “stunning” 72.882% on the seven-year-old Sakura.

Wilson, who suffers from cerebral palsy, began horseback riding at the age of two after his mother was told by her physiotherapist that it would help her regain her balance.

Read more: All Welsh athletes participating in the Tokyo Paralympic Games

She was called up for the Paralympic Games at the 11th hour due to a veterinary problem with Sophie Christiansen’s horse.

Wilson first made her mark in the sport at the 2019 European Championships, where she won both silver and gold in the freestyle competition and helped the British team take silver.



Georgia Wilson of Team Great Britain and her horse Sakura compete in the Class II Individual Dressage on Day 2 of the Tokyo Paralympic Games

Meanwhile, compatriot Sir Lee Pearson won his 12th Paralympic title when he won gold in the same event, after a score of 76.265%

Para-equestrian star and horse Breezer took home gold, a result which sees Sir Lee overtake Baroness Tanni Gray-Thompson and former swimmer Dave Roberts in the British all-time list.

Sir Lee, who made his international debut in 1999, was born with arthrogryposis, which means the muscles in his arms and legs grew as scar tissue in the womb.


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