Kathryn and Dreamer benefit from Alumni Fund
Second year Psychology student Kathryn Gallagher has received one of this year's (2011/12) NTU Alumni Awards for Sport – a package that will help her balance her studies with her para equestrian training.
Kathryn, who has Turner's syndrome - a condition which affects her joints - trains five or six times a week with her horse Dreamer. She wakes early to travel to University after which she will visit the gym, aiming to be at the stables by 4.00 pm. After training it's time to go home to fit in some more study before bedtime.She said: "I am really enjoying my course, especially the practical side which I can apply to my sport. It's tough to fit studies around training, but being very organised helps!"
Kathryn recently came fourth in a high profile, invitation only, competition. Her 2011 highlight came when she won the freestyle section at a 2* international event. Next year will bring more national and international competitions.
She said: "Riding is my passion and I hope to compete in the 2016 Paralympics. I think 2012 would be too soon for Dreamer because he is still quite young." She added: "I've been brought up around horses and have always wanted to compete professionally. The support I have received from the Alumni Fund has inspired me to keep working hard with Dreamer and hopefully one day we can win awards for our country."
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