Lee Pearson

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Lee Pearson
Lee Pearson, October 2008.jpg
Pearson at the parade in London to celebrate the achievements of British competitors at the 2008 Summer Paralympics.
Medal record
Para-Dressage
Representing  Great Britain
Summer Paralympics
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Dressage
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Freestyle dressage
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Team dressage
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens Dressage
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens Freestyle dressage
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens Team dressage
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Dressage
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Freestyle dressage
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Team dressage
Gold medal – first place 2012 London Mixed Team Championship
Gold medal – first place 2016 Rio Individual Freestyle grade Ib
Silver medal – second place 2012 London Individual championship test grade Ib
Silver medal – second place 2016 Rio Dressage grade Ib
Bronze medal – third place 2012 London Freestyle Dressage

Sir David Lee Pearson, CBE (born 4 February 1974) is a 11-times paralympic games gold medallist having represented British para-equestrianism in Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London. Over the course of his career he has won 30 gold medals at European, World and Paralympic level.

Biography[edit]

Pearson was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita and first came to public attention in 1980 when British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher carried him up stairs in 10 Downing Street having awarded him a 'Children of Courage' medal.

Pearson turned professional after he was inspired by the Atlanta Olympics. He won three gold medals in the championship dressage, freestyle dressage, and team dressage events at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Summer Paralympics. He won gold in the team dressage event at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, silver in the championship dressage and bronze in the freestyle.[1]

He noted after his failure to win gold in the freestyle competition in London that he had been voted down by the British judge but said that he would compete at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio, on a different horse.[2]

Competition record[edit]

Competition Venue Year Gold Silver Bronze Total
World Championships Denmark 1999 3 0 0 3
Paralympics Sydney, Australia 2000 3 0 0 3
European Championships Portugal 2002 3 0 0 3
World Championships Belgium 2003 2 0 0 2
Paralympics Athens, Greece 2004 3 0 0 3
European Championships Hungary 2005 1 2 0 3
World Championships Hartpury, United Kingdom 2007 3 0 0 3
Paralympics Beijing, China 2008 3 0 0 3
World Championships Kentucky, United States 2010 3 0 0 3
Paralympics London, United Kingdom 2012 1 1 1 3
World Championships Normandy, France 2014 3 0 0 3
European Championships Deauville, France 2015 1 2 0 3
Paralympics Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2016 1 1 0 2
Paralympics total 11 2 1 14
World Championship total 14 0 0 14
European Championships total 5 4 0 9
Overall total 30 6 1 37

Honours[edit]

Pearson was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Staffordshire University in July 2005.[3]

He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2001 New Year Honours for services to disabled sports,[4] Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2005 New Year Honours for services to equestrianism and to disabled sport,[5] and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours for services to equestrianism and to disabled sport.[6][7] He was knighted in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to equestrianism.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Pearson runs his own dressage yard in Staffordshire and teaches many around the country

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