Team GB’s performance in dressage during the Paralympics has been amazing, with a GB flag featured in every medal ceremony and today was no different. Sophie Wells and Deborah Criddle strutted their stuff to pick up Silver in their events (and I defy you to watch Sophie Well’s test on her huge horse Pinocchio which they perform to music from the Pinocchio soundtrack and not smile), but it was Sophie Christiansen who once again topped the podium. Not satisfied with one individual and one team gold already, Sophie claimed her third gold of these games in the Ind. Freestyle Test – Grade Ia, with her and Janeiro 6 scoring a fantastic 82.750%.
It was a Team GB showdown in the final of the Women’s Individual Compound – Open archery, with both Danielle and Mel Clarke making the final to compete for gold and silver medal position. I’m afraid I can’t even pretend to know about archery, but the final score was a narrow 6-4, the medal positioning being decided on the last arrow, but it was Danielle that came out victorious, retaining the gold medal she won in Beijing 2008.
Today there was another member of Team GB making waves in the pool as Heather Frederiksen swam home to glory in the S8 100m backstroke. Before her accident in 2004 Frederiksen was a renowned endurance swimmer and was told by doctors post accident that she would never swim again. She went on to prove them wrong, winning four medals in Beijing 2008 and adding another gold today to her collection, reclaiming the title she won four years ago in a time of 1:17 mins.