Sharon Jarvis is one of the most experienced and skilful Para-equestrian riders in the country.

The WA native has been riding horses since she was just three years old. At seven, she was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma and given just three months to live. Sharon defied the odds – surviving to go on to become one of the most decorated Para-equestrian athletes in Australian history.

After representing Australia for the first time at the 2007 Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) World Para-equestrian Dressage Championships in Gloustershire, England, Sharon made her Paralympic debut at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, where she achieved fourth place in the mixed dressage – championship Grade III.

Having only spent a couple of months with her horse in the lead-up to the Games, this was a huge accomplishment for Sharon, and she carried the confidence that experience gave her all the way through to the 2010 FEI …

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Date of birth
31 October 1978
Past Paralympic Games

Beijing 2008, Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020

Physical Impairment – Loss of movement and strength in her lower left side
How acquired
Ewing sarcoma
Donnybrook, WA
Horse riding coach and horse feed sales representative
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Placing fourth in the mixed dressage - championship Grade III at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Greatest sporting moments

Winning two bronze medals at the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, USA

Heroes/role models

Isabel Worth, Walt Disney

Favourite quote
Fo only those who dare to dream, can make a dream come true - Lillian Ross


  • Sport: Para-equestrian Discipline: Dressage - championship Classification: Grade III
  • Sport: Para-equestrian Discipline: Dressage - team Classification: Grade III

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