Brilliant Bryony defies doctors' predictions to win national sailing award

Bryony Limb has been given an award by the Royal Yachting Association. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman from Norfolk has won a national sailing award - 30 years after doctors said she was unlikely to survive severe brain damage.

Bryony Limb was left with learning difficulties and very little mobility on the right side of her body after a medical accident when she was just four.

But she learnt to sail with the Nancy Oldfield Trust - and has now been honoured by the Royal Yachting Association with the 'Sailability Sailor of the Year Award'.

"It took a bit of time for me to get use to it and then I really enjoyed it and because I can't walk very far or very well, I find sailing really allows me to gives me that wonderful experience and freedom to be on the Broads".

– Bryony Limb
Bryony Limb says sailing allows her to explore. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"When I've got the wind blowing though my hair, it just gives me a wonderful sensation of freedom being out on the water. Because I can't walk very far or very well, I find sailing really allows me to explore and have an adventure."

– Bryony Limb
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"Bryony always brings sunshine to the Trust on her regular visits and has an indomitable spirit as well as a seemingly inexhaustible supply of jokes with which to entertain our volunteer instructors! The award of RYA Sailability Sailor of the Year to Bryony is a wonderful recognition of her commitment and perseverance in the face of considerable personal challenges over many years and is richly deserved.”

– Stephen Bradnock, Centre Manager at the Nancy Oldfield Trust