One of the most experienced and skilful equestrians in the country, multiple national champion Sharon Jarvis has left no stone unturned in her quest for Paralympic success.
She had competed in able-bodied events for over twenty years before making the switch to Para-sport in 2006, making her international debut the following year at the FEI World Para-equestrian Dressage Championships in Gloucestershire, England where she placed in the top 10 in two events.
Having only been with her horse a few months, Sharon was thrilled to achieve a fourth place finish in the mixed dressage individual championship at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. This result put her in good stead for the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, USA where she won bronze in the individual and freestyle test events.
Unfortunately, the 2010 Equimac Rider of the Year and 2011 Equestrian Athlete of the Year didn’t have a suitable horse to take with her to London. Instead she focused on Rio, where she placed ninth in the individual championship and team open with teammates Emma Booth, Lisa Martin and Katie Umback.
Sharon has limited strength and movement in her left side from the waist down due to bone cancer. Diagnosed at the age of seven, she was given just a 20 per cent chance of survival but defied the odds and went into remission the following year.
Inspired by her dad, who passed away in 2009, Sharon is working towards further developing her career in able-bodied and Para-equestrian.