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Sporting aces become ambassadors for Midlands Air Ambulance

Stoke-on-Trent's Lee Pearson CBE and Carl Hester MBE Credit: PA

Three of the Midlands' most successful sporting elites will today be appointed as ambassadors for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

Olympic and Paralympic equestrian champions Lee Pearson CBE from Stoke-on-Trent, and Carl Hester MBE, will today visit the Operational Headquarters at Strensham where they'll be officially appointed ambassadors.

Although unable to attend, Nick Skelton OBE has also been commissioned.

All three Team GB equestrian stars won gold medals in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Lee Pearson OBE, Ten time gold medal dressage rider and Honorary Doctorate at Staffordshire University, currently lives in Cheddleton, Staffordshire.

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Pearson settles for bronze in gold record attempt

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Lee Pearson took his tally to 12 medals in the Paralympics Credit: PA

Staffordshire's Lee Pearson missed out in his attempt for a record-equalling 11th Paralympic gold medal but said bronze was the best he could have hoped for.

The 38-year-old came third in the freestyle dressage, taking his tally at the London Paralympics to a gold, silver and bronze.

He was beaten by the Grade Ib freestyle winner, Austrian Pepo Puch, while Finland's Katja Karjalainen won silver.

Pearson admitted it is probably his last medal with gelding Gentleman who was struggling physically towards the end.

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Sophie Well's dad tells of his 'immense pride'

The father of ParalympicsGB equestrian star Sophie Wells from Newark has told Central News of his joy at his daughter's success:

"It's just a feeling of immense pride. This is something we're been working towards for 8 years and today is a culmination of all that toil."

– Mervyn Wells, Sophie's dad

Sophie Wells posted an international personal best score of 75.906% to put herself in a great position to win her first Paralympic medal as part of ParalympicGB's dressage team.

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