‘My Olympic dream is over’ - Kate’s story

Kate Hunter following the crash in 2013 EMN-150623-082517001
Kate Hunter following the crash in 2013 EMN-150623-082517001

Horse rider Kate Hunter had ridden for Great Britain and had been working towards competing in the dressage at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

But the crash on December 18 changed everything.

I’m really cross with him for everything I’ve lost out on but I think some day, if he’s willing to speak to me, I’ll forgive him. I haven’t forgiven him now.

Kate - who had to learn to walk and talk again after a serious riding accident in 2009 - suffered even more life-changing injuries.

She is unable to use her left arm properly due to nerve damage and had another bleed on her brain - something her Harley Street consultant said she was lucky to survive.

But incredibly, Kate, who has been suffering post traumatic stress migraines, says she may one day forgive Adam Hill.

“I’m angry he (Hill) didn’t hold his hands up at the beginning but at the same time I don’t hate him.

“I’m really cross with him for everything I’ve lost out on but I think some day, if he’s willing to speak to me, I’ll forgive him. I haven’t forgiven him now.

“In my opinion he doesn’t need to go to jail to understand what he’s done. If he loses his licence, then that’s fine,” said Kate, 20.

Kate, whose family used to own the King’s Head in Tealby, started riding again in March and hopes to some day get back to where she was.

“You’ve just got to get on with life, haven’t you? It won’t hold me back,” she said.

Kate still faces years of surgery and be a it will be at least three years before the extent of her disability is known.

Kate’s mum, Sue, said: “Considering what she’s been through she’s so forgiving. She doesn’t see the bad in anyone, she’s an inspiration.

“It’s a miracle she’s survived.”

Sue added: “I’ve nearly lost her twice in six years, no parent should have to suffer that.”

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