18th May 2004

 

BEIJING BECKONS FOR PARALYMPIC STUDENT

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A Lincoln student with cerebral palsy could be riding her way into the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

 

Emma Sheardown (19), from Grantham, has been accepted to ride with the potential squad for the 2008 Olympics in Paralympic Dressage.

 

Emma is currently in her first year of the BTEC National Diploma in Animal Management at the University of Lincoln and rides in her spare time.

 

As part of her Olympic training, Emma will be jetting off to Madrid next month (June) where she will be competing in an international competition.

 

Emma, who previously attended St Francis Community Special School in Lincoln, has already won numerous regional competitions, putting her in good stead for selection for the Paralympic team.

 

“Emma is an excellent student who always puts 100 per cent into her work,” said Tracy Genever, FE Animal Management lecturer.

 

“The staff and students are thrilled with her success in dressage.”

 

If selected, Emma will compete either in the 2008 or 2012 Olympics.

 

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Lindsey Bird, Assistant Press Officer

01522 886625                                  lbird@lincoln.ac.uk

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