Lindsey cleans up on Flash
Following a successful selection and training programme, Norfolk-based driver Lindsey Tyas returned home with a Team Bronze from the FEI Para Equestrian Driving World Championships in Breda, Netherlands, where she drove her own Welsh Cob 'London Flash Jack'.
After a good dressage, a strong marathon provided Lindsey with the opportunity to move up the placings table and resulted in her being the highest-placed British driver in this phase.
However, although producing some very fast times she was not able to catch up with the even faster times set by the German and Dutch opposition.
The atmosphere at the Championships was electric with all competitors enjoying the superb competition site at The Prinsenhoeve Estate in Breda, which was perfectly integrated into the Driving programme.
The venue also hosted Nations Cup Four-In-Hand Driving, as well as an international driving competition for pony teams and International eventing, show jumping and dressage competitions.
Although German drivers dominated the 2010 Championships, taking home both the Individual and Team Gold, Tyas remains positive about the future with gold medals firmly on the agenda.
'There are plans for the 2012 World Championships to be held in the UK in East Anglia,' she said, 'this will be a real opportunity for Britain's leading Para Drivers to demonstrate their ability on home ground and a fantastic opportunity for the public to see world class Para Driving athletes in action in the East of England. Hopefully the 2012 Worlds will also give me the chance to bring home the gold.'
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Tyas was paralysed down one side as a result of a road traffic accident at the age of four and was told never to ride again. However, a strong and determined character at that age she continued to ride and at 14 took up the driving reins. Since then she has never looked back. A dedicated athlete and inspiration to many, Tyas fits her busy schedule of competitions and training around working full time for the Rural Enterprise Hub at Easton College.
Keen to promote Para Driving she also works tirelessly as the International drivers' representative promoting the sport worldwide. She is also an ambassador for the innovative safety network 'Ride Alert'.
Although competing at World Class level, driving is not yet recognised as an Olympic sport and, therefore, Tyas receives no funding to assist with training, competing or travelling to World Championships.
In the run up to Breda, Tyas was busy holding fundraising events and producing hand-painted cakes. She is extremely grateful to all local businesses that helped support her in her bid for the World Championships, those that have continued to help with the shortfall and everyone who contributed with time and effort in fundraising and training.
• If you are interested in supporting her bid to become Norfolk's first Para Driving World Champion, she would be delighted to speak to you. Call her on 07721 833 730 or email email@example.com for further information.