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'Volleyball saved my life' - Iraq veteran Sam Bowen on her London 2012 selection

Sam Bowen is one of five Welsh athletes chosen in Great Britain's sitting volleyball teams for the London 2012 Paralympics.

25-year-old Sam was injured whilst serving in Iraq in 2006, when razor-sharp shrapnel sliced into her right leg and back.

She nearly bled to death before an emergency operation saved her life.

Sam then faced a gruelling mental and physical journey back to health, battling post-traumatic stress disorder and learning to accept her disability.

But against huge odds, Sam has made an astonishing recovery - and she credits the fast-paced sport with helping her to heal.

It will be the first time ever that Great Britain will have both men’s and women’s teams represented at a Paralympic Games.

The five athletes are:

  • Amy Brierly from Deeside
  • Jessica O’Brien from Cardiff
  • Sam Bowen from Mountain Ash
  • James Roberts from Prestatyn
  • Sam Scott from Cardiff

We congratulate the five athletes on their selection. It’s testament to their hard work and commitment over the past four years that they have made the team in a sport which is undergoing a renaissance in the UK.


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