Four years ago James Edwards (Right), from Ebbw Vale, was fighting for his life, unable to speak, move, swallow or remember anything.
will be one of just 8,000 people to carry the London 2012 Olympic Torch this summer But this summer the 21-year-old will play a starring role in the London 2012 Olympics in a story of willpower and determination that puts even cyclist Sir Chris Hoy into the shade.
On October 5 2008 James' life changed forever when a serious road accident left him paralysed and facing up to what would end up being a two-year stay in Rookwood Hospital.However since that fateful day James has refused to be defined by the accident and now spends his spare time climbing - despite having only the partial use of one side of his body - and cycling.
James' story has seen him, not only nominated to be part of the Olympic Torch Relay through Lloyds TSB's nationwide search for inspirational people, but accepted to fulfil the honour. He will be one of just 8,000 people to carry the London 2012 Torch and mum Sonia admits there won't be a dry eye in the house when he takes to Brynmawr on May 25.
"It will be a brilliant day," said Sonia. "I can't really explain how we will feel quite honestly and it was such a joy when we received the phone call to say he had been chosen. "For James to get to the stage that he is at now from where he came is absolutely amazing because at first it was virtually nothing. "Immediately after the accident there was no memory or speech but now he can hold a partial conversation and get out into the community to go to a cycling class and go climbing in Cardiff.
"Even a year ago being able to carry the Olympic Torch would have been out of reach and I am sure there will be quite a crowd." The extent of James' injury means the 21-year-old will have a buddy alongside him while he holds the Torch aloft, to operate his electric wheelchair. Prior to the accident the former Brynmawr Foundation School pupil was a talented judo player on the fringes of the Welsh national set-up and Sophia believes there isn't a more worthy person for the honour.
"James is very much a people person and has been amazing in getting back out into the community," she said. "He makes friends very, very easily and is doing fantastically; it will be a great day." As the only National Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, Lloyds TSB is bringing the excitement of the Games and Olympic Flame closer to you. Find out what we're doing in your community and who is carrying the Flame at lloydstsb.com/carrytheflame