Gay Paralympian becomes a knight

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Equestrian rider Lee Pearson of Great Britain poses for a photo call on the beach after being chosen as Great Britain's flagbearer for the Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Lee Pearson, one of the most titled Paralympians in the team UK, is about to receive one more title – soon we will refer to him as Sir Lee Pearson. The dressage competitor has 11 gold medals from competing in the games. He has taken part in every games since Sydney in 2000. Over the course of his career he has won 30 gold medals at European, World and Paralympic level.

He previously said he was prepared to go to prison for being openly gay at the Sochi Games.
“In some respects I hope I do because then the Prime Minister and my country would have to get involved and that would add to the embarrassment for Russia.” The decorated sportsman led the UK’s Paralympians in the Maracana stadium in Rio. He said at the time: “Being a diverse character myself has meant that being voted by the athletes themselves has made this moment even more special.”


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