How I built a new life in sport after accident
When Claire Harvey leads Team GB on to the volleyball court at the Paralympics next month it will represent a huge transition.
Because just four years ago the keen sportswoman was knocked off her bike, paralysing her right leg, and changing her life forever.
Despite her initial horror, the determined 38-year-old was soon focused on making the most out of life.
"I remember lying in hospital and being told I'd never walk again and thinking my life was over," said Claire, who now works in Canary Wharf for the Financial Services Authority.
"Everything I'd done before was active and I thought I might as well die. Luckily I've got a great family and friends who encouraged me.
"And my physio figured me out straight away and told me I'd never do this and I'd never do that, which drove me on further. I soon realised that I could still do so much."
Following the accident Claire left her job as a prison governor for a fresh start and got a role at the FSA where she is now head of corporate responsibility.
Missing sports, the former rugby player visited a try out day for the Paralympics in 2009.
After practising a number of disciplines she caught the eye of the volleyball coach. She made the team and was later appointed captain.
Reebok Sports Club in Canary Wharf then gave her a membership to allow her to train close to her office at the North Colonnade.
The GB team qualified for the Games by coming fifth in the European Championships. While gold will be a huge ask, Claire's got her sights on a podium finish and the hope of motivating others who have suffered similar injuries.
"So many people acquire disability," said Claire. "I didn't really know anyone who was disabled so I had no-one to look to.
"If people can realise I'm not spectacularly talented and can see me at the Paralympics and be encouraged by it that would be great.
"Also if it encourages people to talk about disability more then that's a fantastic thing. I have learnt so much about myself from this and I wouldn't change a thing."