A Nissan engineer is heading to the company’s home country to compete in the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
Anna Nicholson, who has cerebral palsy, will represent Paralympics GB in the shot put following a series of outstanding performances in qualifying.
The 26-year-old, who works in Sunderland, said: “It’s been my dream for the last 10 years.
“My team at Nissan have been a great support to me while I’ve been doing my training and helping me strike a great work, life and training balance.
“I can’t wait to visit Japan, not just as a member of Paralympics GB but also team Nissan.”
Originally from Carlisle, Nicholson first displayed her exceptional talent at school and has been competing professionally since she was 15.
She has a Masters degree in chemical engineering and joined Nissan four years ago in its trim and chassis department.
Nicholson now works on the production of the all-new Qashqai, 100% electric Nissan Leaf and Juke.
Alan Johnson, vice president of manufacturing at Nissan’s Sunderland plant, said: “Anna is an outstanding role model and hugely valued member of the team at Nissan.
“Her ability to combine excellence at work with hitting the highest heights as an athlete demonstrates what can be achieved through talent, hard work and exceptional dedication.
“The team at the plant is hugely proud of Anna and we wish her the very best of luck in Tokyo.”
Nicholson leaves for Japan on August 17 and her competition will take place in the early hours of September 2.