A YOUNG woman who was given a one in two million chance of survival after suffering a brain injury has scooped a national award.
Zara Roberts, from Llangollen, was named outstanding achiever of the year at the prestigious, UK-wide Lion Awards.
Six years ago the 24-year-old was involved in a car crash and suffered a traumatic brain injury that left her unable to walk, talk, or look after herself.
Against near impossible odds she fought back, determined to achieve her lifelong ambition to teach children with special needs.
As soon as she was well enough she signed up for the City and Guilds NVQ Level 2 in supporting teaching and learning in schools at Llysfasi College.
After gaining the qualification she was one of 10 people recognised at the awards, organised by City and Guilds and hosted by BBC Sport presenter Jake Humphrey at the Lancaster Hotel, in London.
Zara said: “My qualification has helped me rebuild my confidence and has made me realise that people accept me for who I am, rather than just for my disability.
“I am determined to show other people with a disability that you can live a normal and happy life and still achieve your dreams.”
Chris Jones, director general and chief executive of City and Guilds said: “It is humbling to hear our winners’ inspirational stories, some of whom have achieved extraordinary results against all odds. At a time when the country is preparing for an upturn, it is talented and motivated people like the Welsh Lion Award winners who will contribute to future economic growth and prosperity.”
Jake Humphrey added: “As a sports presenter, I am used to being around some of the world’s most driven and successful sportsmen and women.
“For me, the Lion Awards winners have just as much ambition and determination. Although they come from different walks of life and parts of the country, they all share a remarkable passion to be the best they can possibly be.”