Victoria Davies' Paralympic dream comes to fruition after Tokyo team announcement

Victoria Davies and Celere. Photo: Supplied
Victoria Davies and Celere. Photo: Supplied

The agonising wait is over for Victoria Davies after she was finally unveiled as part of Australia's para-equestrian team for the Tokyo Games.

Joining Shoalhaven product Davies, who was forced to withdraw from qualifying for Rio due to illness, will be the nation's first equestrian athlete to compete at three Paralympic Games Sharon Jarvis - who competed at Beijing 2008 and Rio 2016.

Rounding out the team, which was confirmed on Saturday, are Rio 2016 representative Emma Booth and Germany-based Amelia White, who along with Davies will be competing at their first Paralympics.

"I have no words - I literally have no idea what to say for the first time ever," Davies, who was diagnosed with rheumatoid as a teenager, said via her Facebook page.

"I am so proud, words can't describe how much I adore Celere and how blessed I feel to have him as my dancing partner on this incredible journey.

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"It has always been a very passionate dream to ride one of my PRE or Lusitano stallions at a Paralympic Games and I can't believe it's about to come true.

"I feel truly honoured to be on the team alongside three talented ladies (Emma, Sharon and Amelia) and excited to share this journey with my beautiful friend and Celere's groom Shae Herwig."

As Davies alludes to, she will be riding her own horse Celere and be supported by Shae Herwig during the Games.

While Jarvis, Booth and White will be riding Romanos, Mogelvangs Zidane and Genius respectively.

Shoalhaven's Victoria Davies and Celere will compete at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. Photo: Supplied

Shoalhaven's Victoria Davies and Celere will compete at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. Photo: Supplied

"The past 18 months have brought out the very best in our Australian Para-athletes, including our four world-class Para-equestrian representatives, who've remained steadfast in their pursuit of a place on the Team for Tokyo," Paralympics Australia chief executive Lynne Anderson said.

"This is a moment they've worked extremely hard to earn and deserve to savour.

"Congratulations to Sharon, Emma, Vic and Amelia and congratulations also to everyone at Equestrian Australia who's given their all to ensure we'll field a strong and well-prepared Team in Tokyo."

Australia has won nine medals in Para-equestrian since first competing in the sport at the Atlanta Games in 1996.

The most recent of our three gold medals were won by Joann Formosa, who triumphed in the Individual championship test grade lb at London in 2012.

"Congratulations to all combinations selected to represent Australia at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games next month," Equestrian Australia chief executive Darren Gocher said.

"Our para-equestrian athletes are no strangers to overcoming adversity and throughout the global pandemic, they have not lost sight of their Paralympic dreams.

"The history-making efforts by Sharon Jarvis, who with her Tokyo selection becomes the first Australian equestrian Paralympian to compete at three Games, is testament to Sharon's commitment to Paralympic success. Tokyo 2020 also marks the second Paralympic Games for combination Emma Booth and Mogelvangs Zidane, which is again an Australian first.

"Para-equestrian is truly a team sport and Equestrian Australia would like to acknowledge the horse owners and grooms, whose teamwork allows our athletes to realise their goals.

"We wish all our para-equestrian athletes a safe and successful Games and we look forward to watching them shine in the Tokyo dressage arena."

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