Diane Williams

Christchurch resident Diane Williams received $12,000 for an electronic power chair designed specially for international wheelchair soccer competitions.

After suffering a stroke in 2010, Diane was paralysed on the right side of her body and unable to speak, leaving her confined to a wheelchair and with limited movement.

To help her adjust to her new life in a wheelchair, Diane started playing wheelchair soccer where she excelled. She was chosen to play for the Canterbury Boltz Power Chair Soccer Team, before being selected to represent New Zealand internationally.