| Pearson at the parade in London to celebrate the achievements of British competitors at the 2008 Summer Paralympics.|
Pearson at the parade in London to celebrate the achievements of British competitors at the 2008 Summer Paralympics.
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|Gold||2004 Athens||Freestyle dressage|
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|Gold||2008 Beijing||Freestyle dressage|
|Gold||2008 Beijing||Team dressage|
David Lee Pearson, CBE (born February 4, 1974) is a nine-times paralympic games gold medallist having represented British para-equestrianism in Sydney, Athens and Beijing. He also has six world-championship and three European titles. He was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita and first came to public attention in 1980 when British Prime-Minister Margaret Thatcher carried him up the staircase in 10 Downing Street having awarded him a 'Children of Courage' medal. He currently lives in Cheddleton, Staffordshire. He won three gold medals in the championship dressage, freestyle dressage, and team dressage events at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Summer Paralympics.
He stated in an interview that his next ambition is to compete in the 2012 Olympics, should there be enough funding. He turned professional after he was inspired by the Atlanta Olympics.
Pearson was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Staffordshire University in July 2005
- ↑ http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/olympics/article4736048.ece
- ↑ http://www.leepearson.co.uk/awardsachievementsfunctions.html
- ↑ London Gazette: , 31 December 2008.
- ↑ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/31_01_08_honours.pdf
- ↑ Robert Philip. 'I feel lucky that I have found my talent, what riding has given me is respect'. Daily Telegraph. 30 December 2004.
- ↑ Lee Pearson. Rainbownetwork.com. 17 October 2008.
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