3rd September 2012, 9:31am  (updated 5th September 2012, 9:05am)
Trio of medals for Paralympic star Sophie
Sophie Wells University of Lincoln student and international dressage rider Sophie Wells ends her first Paralympic Games with two silver and one gold medal.

Sophie, who is currently deferring studies in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Lincoln, began her medal rush on Sunday morning.

She took the silver at Greenwich Park behind Belgium's Michele George, a Grade IV result that was reversed from the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky.

Team GB then went on to win gold in the team dressage event and Sophie, 22, confirmed her status as a leading contender in Tuesday’s freestyle to music class.

She did not disappoint and won her second silver medal, producing a personal best score of 81.150 per cent aboard Pinocchio in the Grade IV freestyle.

On returning from the Games, Sophie said: "We had the most amazing time, the experience was out of this world. The support we received was incredible. I can't thank everyone enough. I'm very proud of how Pinocchio coped with the atmosphere there, and we couldn't have done any more. We had a small mistake which lost us the Gold, but I had to be brave and go for it to make it possible."

On hearing the news Robin Wright, Director of Sport at the University of Lincoln, said: "I think it's absolutely awesome. It's a fantastic achievement for Sophie and she has made so many sacrifices to get to this point.

"These are the first Olympic medals a student from the University has ever won and it’s probably the highest Olympic or Paralympic medal tally from someone in Lincolnshire.

“Sophie is a lovely person and she has worked so hard. Everyone at the University is so proud of her achievements and we are looking forward to welcoming her back."

Born with amniotic band syndrome that affects her joints, Sophie is such an outstanding dressage talent that she has also competed at non-disabled international level.

In 2008 she became the first para-equestrian dressage rider to win an able-bodied international competition, after she finished first in the junior international class at Hickstead under-21 international.
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