Tamsin Mbatsha-Bouwer does not allow her Cerebral Palsy to interfere with her goals in life. Although told that she would never walk, she defied all odds by starting her riding career at the age of 5, and walking shortly thereafter. In her early lessons, she was treated no differently to any of the other riders, and used to compete successfully against able-bodied riders in the lower levels of show jumping. However, her big break and foray into dressage came in 2014 when her talent was spotted by her current instructor during a clinic she attended. In her first dressage show, she came second in the Individual Team test and three months later won her first FEI CPEDI Championship, which she repeated the following year. Her talent did not go unnoticed, and she was asked to represent South Africa in the World Equestrian Games in 2014, although complications did not allow her at the time to accept. She now aims to compete at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.
“Long term I would like to not only be able to compete at prestigious events such as the Olympics but WIN them. My purpose is greater than just winning though; I want to give hope to others, so that they too can realize that even though life may sometimes deal you a difficult hand, with passion, determination and effort you can still achieve.”