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BBC Personality Surprises Tia by Presenting Life Changing Power Chair

Tia McConnell got the surprise of her life when she was presented with a brand-new hands free self-balancing active power chair by BBC presenter Steve Brown.

Steve, a former member and captain of the Great Britain wheelchair rugby squad, was on hand to announce that 20-year-old Tia had won an Omeo in a competition run by Adapt Ability.

It was an unforgettable moment for Tia, who had travelled with her family for what she thought was to be a birthday lunch for a former colleague of her mum’s.

“I can’t believe it – my whole life is going to change for the better,” said Tia, pictured above centre with Steve Brown and Adapt Ability directors Cristian Brownlee and Matt Walker.

“I’m in shock. I’ve never won anything before, let alone something like this. I feel like I’ve had all my life’s luck in this moment and I honestly can’t believe it!”

Tia was one of 1,000-plus people who entered the competition. But it was her answer to the question, how owning an Omeo would change her life, that impressed Adapt Ability the most.

Tia enjoyed an active childhood as an avid horse rider and dancer, but was diagnosed with fibromyalgia after a slipped disc, caused by a freak accident at home, led to pain, weakness and immobility. She became a full-time wheelchair user at the age of 18.

“Choosing a winner was very hard indeed as there were so many impressive and moving entries but Tia’s stood out and we are looking forward to hearing about the difference her hands free, all terrain Omeo will make to her life,” said Cristian.

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