Our very own wunderkind, Sarah Whitchurch, has been recognised for her outstanding sporting achievements at Headway UK’s national awards.
The annual Achiever of the Year Award is given to a member of Headway who has shown tremendous courage in the face of adversity following brain injury and this year was presented by top British athlete James Cracknell.
In 2014 alone, Sarah has completed 2 duathlons, 3 triathlons, 4 half marathons, 1 marathon and become the first wheelchair athlete to ever swim the open water crossing from Guernsey to Herm. She also won 2 gold and 3 silver medals at the Regional and National Swimming Championships and completed the Castle Swim.
We are so incredibly proud of what she has achieved. We call her a superstar so often we feel we need to invent a new word to describe how brilliant she is. When Sarah attempts something, failure isn’t even an option. She will not take ‘no’ for an answer and will continue to work and push herself.
At 11 years old Sarah contracted meningitis and had to learn how to move, talk and eat again. She has come so far and is an inspiration to all disabled people everywhere.
Sarah, we salute you.