A former national gymnast who was paralysed after a freak vaulting accident is determined to learn to walk again.
Jennifer Smyth, 25, trained 20 hours a week and competed in national gymnastics competitions before a freak accident put a stop to it.
Jennifer, from Eglinton, County Londonderry, was practicing a new vaulting move in September of 2013 when she landed flat on her back.
She realised she couldn't move any part of her body - and was rushed to hospital for surgeries.
It was soon revealed she had fractured two vertebrae as she landed - rendering her quadriplegic and curtailing her gymnastics career.
She started off able to do little more than blink but she was determined to she would one day walk again - having physio and sessions in a bionic suit three times per week ever since the accident.
She managed to stand on her own for the first time in eight years in May this year - evidencing that her hard work is paying off.
But she dreams of one day walking unaided - remaining positive that one day it'll be possible.
Jennifer, who has a degree in product design, said: "Before my injury I was 16 and everything in my life revolved around gymnastics.
"It was a complete freak accident, I tried to stand up and I just couldn't move or feel anything.
"It took me a while to understand how severe my injury was - I kept asking my mum when I could go back to the gym and practice the vault again.
"I just saw it as another injury to overcome - but that's kind of how I still see it now. Whenever I want to do something I just have to adapt.
"Technically I am already walking again now, but it's mainly thanks to the bionic suit. My goal is to one day do that all by myself.
"But I can do more now than at the start, so I know my hard work is paying off.
"People ask how I'm never sad about my injury but I don't see it that way. I'm just determined to improve myself as much as I can."