Josie Pearson /

Josie Pearson

Date of Birth

03 January 1986

Sport

Athletics

Biography

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!

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