Monday, November 28, 2011

Australia: Wade's Triumph Inspires

Weeklytimesnow.com.au - Full Article

Kim Woods | November 28, 2011

AUSTRALIAN endurance champion Meg Wade has become an inspiration to riders around the world.

Her recovery from a traumatic brain injury and determination to ride again has earned her the Federation Equestre Internationale award, Against All Odds.

The FEI Awards 2011 were announced in Rio de Janeiro on November 14.

FEI president Princes Haya said Meg was an inspiration to the equestrian community.

Although her flight to Rio de Janeiro was unexpectedly cancelled, Meg was overwhelmed to receive the award.

"It is my hope that awards like this will raise the awareness of brain injury among the whole equestrian community," she said.

Meg fell from her horse during an endurance ride at Tumbarumba, in southern NSW, in April 2009.

She spent 255 days in rehabilitation and was never expected to ride again.

Until the accident, Meg had competed in 65 160km events, winning 25 of them.

She created history in 2008 as the first person to win the prestigious Tom Quilty Gold Cup four times.

Meg surprised the medical fraternity by learning to ride again in November last year with the help of Riding for the Disabled...

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