Simon Laurens started riding at the age of eight and competed in gymkhanas and show jumping with his palomino Champagne, before taking up dressage. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2004. Within two years he began competing for the Great Britain para dressage team. He won the National Grade III Disabled Dressage title in 2006 and 2007 and also won both team and individual freestyle golds at the 2007 World Para- championships.
Selected to compete at his first Paralympic Games in 2008, Simon entered the individual freestyle test grade III and was part of the Great Britain quartet for the overall team championship. Competing on his horse 'Ocean Diamond' he won the silver medal in the individual event. In the team open he won the gold medal.
Following his success in Beijing, Simon was named the BBC South West Disabled Sports Personality of the year for 2008.
In 2009 Simon won three medals at the European Championships held in Norway, and was one six people whose efforts were recognised with the award of a medal of honour for "activities connected with international endeavour in relation to equestrian sport".Later that year he was named Disability Sports Personality of the Year at the Gloucestershire Media Sports Awards.
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