Elin was raised in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire but now lives with her New Zealand husband in Pontarddulais, Swansea. She is a teacher at Ysgol Gymraeg Parc Y Tywyn, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire (Welsh medium school). She has a connection with Swansea and Carmarthenshire. She has always been a keen sports person. Whilst at school she played county netball, represented Dyfed at skiing, and was an all rounder. At University she captained the netball team and was their treasurer. She did all the usual danger activities whilst on a gap year in Australia and NZ. In October 2005 Elin suddenly developed a virus which attacked the heart. She was in a critical condition and was taken from Morriston Hospital Swansea by RAF helicopter to Harefield Hospital London where she remained in a critical condition for many months. In February 2006 she finally became well enough to receive a heart transplant. This was a life changing experience and we never thought that she would fully recover. Elin now: Teaches full time - motivates the children in games and sports - regularly runs - enjoys keep-fit - is a keen rugby supporter. She is an inspiration, a true fighter. I hope that you will seriously consider this nomination as this once in a lifetime experience would not only benefit Elin but it would also encourage others who face difficulties in their lives to realise that it is always possible to overcome serious challenges.