HOW SPORT HELPS

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SUZANNA’s in­cred­i­ble suc­cess in the sad­dle fol­low­ing her paralysing fall is due in no small part to her high level of fit­ness, achieved thanks to her love of many sports. “I’ve al­ways been ac­tive and as long as I’m in­volved with sport, I’m happy. Sport has helped me men­tally and I’m ac­tu­ally stronger now than I was be­fore my ac­ci­dent,” she says. When she isn’t rid­ing Abira and Sid at Tal­land, Suzanna can of­ten be found in Cirences­ter’s gym, work­ing her up­per body, lift­ing weights and do­ing ex­er­cises to strengthen her core. “My core is what keeps me in the sad­dle,” she says. “I en­joy see­ing the im­prove­ment. It makes me want to progress even more.” She reg­u­larly drives to Bath Univer­sity to take part in Eng­land In­sti­tute of Sport strength and con­di­tion­ing ses­sions, plus she is a mem­ber of the (able-bod­ied) Swindon Dol­phins swim­ming club. “I’m not as fast as I was, but I find swim­ming easy and it’s good for my body and gen­eral fit­ness.”

Re­hab has been key to Suzanna’s re­cov­ery

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