Josie Pearson smashed the world record three times on her way to
a stunning gold medal in the F51/52/53 discus on the final weekend
of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Four years after competing in wheelchair rugby at the Beijing
2008 Games, where she became the first woman to ever respresent GB
in the sport at a Paralympics, Pearson threw a distance of 6.58
metres to take gold and a world record with it.
Horse-riding was the Abergavenny sportswoman's first
passion but in 2003 she broke her neck in a head on collision
- aged just 17. Her boyfriend, Daniel Evans - aged 19 - died in the
crash. She was determined not to give up on sport and the year
after her accident she saw the Paralympic Games in Athens on
television and began dreaming of competing in them.
The highlights of her career so far include her selection for
the GB rugby squad, being selected for the World Championships, and
of course that Paralympic gold medal!