No mountain too high - Para-equestrian pushes to be the best

Morgan and Sandy set off on a cycle around Kyneton with the Macedon Ranges Cycling Club.

Morgan and Sandy set off on a cycle around Kyneton with the Macedon Ranges Cycling Club.

Her training regime may be tough but so is Morgan Webb Liddle, who has a dream to represent Australia at the World Equestrian Games and Paralympics Tokyo 2018.

The determined Kyneton Grade 1 para-equestrian is pushing herself to new levels and, with a strong local support network, the 24-year-old is setting her own boundaries.

"Unfortunately, Australia's selection policy makes it almost impossible for a severely disabled rider to be selected," Morgan said.

"I would have to be the highest scoring rider of any level to be selected. So that's what I am aiming for. I have to be better than all the rest."

Morgan lives with a rare degenerative metabolic disease which results in severe physical disability, difficulty with speaking and complex medical problems, but she doesn't let this stop her.

She trains four to five days a week with Charlotte Pederson and Hill Cottage Dressage Centre in Macedon, and when she is not riding she is training through pilates, water exercise, and cross-training on her recumbent trike to maintain her fitness.

Local cycling legend Alan 'Sandy' Sanford has been a huge support to Morgan in her bike riding and the pair have formed a strong bond.

Sandy met Morgan's family when they first joined the Macedon Ranges Cycling Club and asked if Morgan could have a race.

"I have fallen in love with them and I really want to see Morgan achieve her goals," he said.

Sandy has done much to assist Morgan along the way and is now preparing for an ambitious fundraising cycle to Mount Isa.

With Sandy's help in fundraising and training, and support of the cycling club, Morgan is certainly on her way to doing just that.

Although Morgan qualified for the Rio Paralympics as the highest scoring Grade 1 rider in Australia, she was not selected.

Morgan faces many challenges as next year's Paralympics approach, one of these includes the purchase of a younger horse to train. Morgan aims to fundraise in the community to help her achieve this.

While Morgan faces many challenges, she is determined to continue to campaign for selection to the World Equestrian Games in 2018 and the Paralympics Tokyo 2018.

Morgan can be reached through her Facebook page Morgan Webb Liddle, Para-equestrian.

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