Sharon Jarvis

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Quick Facts

Disability
Limited movement and strength on her left side
How acquired
Bone cancer
Date of Birth
Tue, 31/10/1978
Home
Oakford, WA
Occupation
Horse riding coach
Started Competing
1992
First Competed for Australia
2007
Games Experience
Beijing 2008
Heroes
Walt Disney and dressage rider Isabel Worth
Career Highlights
Winning two bronze medals at World Equestrian Games, winning 2011 Equestrian Australia Athlete of the Year
Greatest Moment
Winning two bronze medals at World Equestrian Games

Bio

Having already come within a whisker of medalling at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, Sharon Jarvis wants to make it to the medal podium in London. One of the most experienced and skilful equestrian exponents in the country, the multiple national champion has left no stone unturned in her quest for Paralympic success.

After first riding in 1993 in able-bodied events, it wasn’t until 2006 that she competed in her first event for athletes with a disability. Sharon first tasted international competition in 2007 when she represented Australia at the FEI World Para Dressage Championships in England, placing sixth and eighth.

A year later, she narrowly missed out on a medal in Beijing, placing fourth in the championship test. However having only been with her horse since the start of 2008, she was amazed with gaining such close results against experienced rider/horse combinations.

Sharon showed the world what she was capable of at the 2010 World Equestrian Games when she snared bronze medals in both the individual test and freestyle test events. She was rewarded for her stellar form by being named 2010 Equimac Rider of the Year, an accolade she was ecstatic to receive. The awards did not end there and she went on to be named 2011 Equestrian Athlete of the Year.

Sharon has limited strength and movement on her left side from the waist down as a result of bone cancer when she was a child. She laughs today when she recalls wearing a wig while undergoing treatment and having it fall off while climbing a tree. Since then Sharon has left the trees behind and tried her hand at parachuting, which ranks as her scariest experience alongside crossing the Nullarbor for the first time with her horses.

Inspired by her father who passed away in 2009, Sharon is excited about what the future holds and hopes to further her career in both disability and able-bodied equestrian.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Equestrian
Disciplines: Individual freestyle test
Classification: Grade III
Sport: Equestrian
Disciplines: Individual championship test
Classification: Grade III