NOT many Runcorn sports stars take on the world - and even fewer have faced the hurdles Jade Carr has cleared to get her chance.
Thirteen-year-old Jade has been selected to take on the best on the planet at next year's World Transplant Games.
Her appearance in Thailand will coincide with the 10th anniversary of her heart transplant.
Born with a serious heart condition - dilated cardiomyopathy - the courageous athlete has worked her way to fitness, and success, since the operation.
In 2002, the now Helsby High School girl had a pacemaker fitted.
But she has become a very active and successful member of athletics club Halton & Frodsham Harriers and Halton Table Tennis Club.
All rounder Jade, who lives in Higher Runcorn, has competed at several British Transplant Games since 1997.
She has a haul of 20 medals from these games and at the 2006 event in Bath last August won three golds.
These were in badminton, the long jump and ball throw.
She added silver at table tennis and was fifth over 100m.
As a result of such inspirational achievements, Jade has been selected to represent Great Britain in Bangkok in August 2007.