Alexandra has always been an incredible character that shone through since she was young. She was always incredibly sporty, excelling in tennis, horse riding, swimming and netball. However, in 1995 Alex broke her vertebrae in a diving accident and was left paralysed for life. At first it was though she would never be able to move but slowly found some movement in her hands and her neck. After her rehab in Miami, Alex bounced back, as only people of her nature and character can, trying every sport she could, tennis, wheelchair rugby and even skiing, but it was sailing that really caught her attention. Having completed her BSC at Bath University and then an MSc at Imperial College, Alex was approached by a member of the Paralympic development squad and has gone on to achieve one of the greatest honours, representing her country. They have won 3 World champs, 2 World cup series and represented GB in the Beijing Olympics. Unfortunately they came 5th, but are back having trained harder than ever to represent Great Britain in the London 2012. Alex has shown me the true face of courage in adversity and how nothing should ever stop you from doing what you love. It is all done with a smile on her face and is one of those people whose presence lifts everyone. She is an inspiration to anyone who, like her, has suffered a tragic life altering experience. It's for this reason I would like to nominate her to carry the Olympic flame.