A WREXHAM athlete has run, hurdled and jumped her way into a trip of a lifetime.
Megan Rogers, a member of Wrexham Athletics Club, has won a place alongside just four other athletes who will be jetting out to Zambia to help educate young people through sport.
A second year sport and PE student at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Megan’s trip holds extra significance for her because her father was born in Zambia and her grandparents still live in the country.
The 19-year-old, who has been running since she was 11, said: “I’m hoping it will be a great experience. I just want to get abroad and help the children.
“And I think it will be fantastic to do that through sport. The fact that I’ll be able to see where my dad was born made it a no-brainer.”
Megan had to pass a rigorous application process, including an interview, and she believes it was her enthusiasm which won her a place on the six-week trip.
“I was just really up for it. And I’ve done quite a lot of coaching at the athletics club which I think helped.”
Megan, from Marchwiel, will be teamed with a partner and allocated specific schools to coach netball.
A former pupil at The Maelor School, Penley, Megan admitted she was a little apprehensive about being so far from home.
“I’ve never been so far away by myself before and I’ve never been away from home for so long. But it will be good to meet new people and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Before heading out, Megan needs to raise money for the project and is appealing to anyone who would like to support her work in Zambia to get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
She is also planning to take on the Three Peaks Challenge in the spring to raise extra cash.