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