Para-Dressage Rider Shortlisted For Sports Personality Award
Para-dressage rider, Natasha Baker, has been shortlisted for the Adidas Sport Personality of the Year, at this year’s European Diversity Award’s.
Baker’s nomination has come from her outstanding contribution to equestrian sport. Baker has won two Olympic gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympics, and then went on to claim three golds at the successive Paralympic Games, in Rio.
The grade III para-dressage rider proved her talents this month, grabbing silver at this year’s World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Tyron, North Carolina. Baker also managed team silver on her WEG ride, Mount St John Diva Dannebrog, with help from fellow team mates, Sophie Wells, Lee Pearson and Erin Orford.
In addition to Baker’s riding achievements, she has also lent her time to working with charities, such as Dreamflight, to change the perception of disabilities.
Baker announced her achievement on social media;
Well this is slightly surreal!!!! I’ve been shortlisted for Adidas Sports Personality of the Year at the European Diversity Awards!! What a year it has been and I feel so honoured to have been recognised! Can’t wait for a fabulous evening.”
The para-dressage rider is one of six athletes nominated for the award this year, and is set against heavily decorated Olympians, such as Nicola Adams and Sir Mo Farah.
Awarded on the 29th November, at the National History Museum in London, the title will be given to the nominee who has the contributed most toward equality, diversity and inclusion throughout Europe.