Perth rider representing Australia at Special Olympics World Games

Jordan Hill (Hillarys) with Pablo. Photo: Martin Kennealey
Jordan Hill (Hillarys) with Pablo. Photo: Martin Kennealey

JORDAN Hill is about to achieve his “lifetime dream” of representing Australia at the Special Olympics World Games.

The 24-year-old Hillarys resident rides and volunteers at Riding for the Disabled Carine, where he started horse riding 18 years ago at age six.

He also rides at Claremont Therapeutic Riding Centre in Mt Claremont.

Hill is one of four Australians, and the only West Australian, selected for the equestrian team to compete in Abu Dhabi from March 14 to 21.

“It’s a big honour and I am very proud to have been chosen from so many riders around Australia,” he said.

“I am looking forward to seeing the amazing arena that we will be competing in; it’s called the Al Forsan Equestrian Centre.

“I can’t wait to meet and make lots of friends from around the world at the games.”

He has competed at local, state and national level competitions but began horse riding to strengthen his muscle tone.

“At the time I was also having physio and OT (occupational therapy) to help because I was born very early and was a floppy baby,” he said.

“Everyone noticed how much the horse riding helped me and mum noticed how the riding helped relax me.

“I ride once a week and I also volunteer once a week to help others. I love volunteering because I love horses and am happy to help out any way that the coaches need me to.”

Hill will be going for gold in the English equitation, dressage and trail events, and will be one of about 7000 athletes from 190 nations at the games.

“I feel very honoured and special to have been selected,” he said.

“It feels surreal but at the same time I’m so excited.”

RDA Carine president Brian McNamara said he was always working to improve his riding and horsemanship skills.

“Jordan is an inspirational and exceptional young man who not only competes in local RDA competitions but he is also a member of the WA Special Olympics team who travel and compete interstate,” he said.

“We are very proud of Jordan’s selection which we see as just reward for all his hard work, the support he has received from his family, coaches and all at RDA Carine.”