The News’ Woman of the Year Awards

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IT WAS a night of laughter and tears as The News celebrated the incredible women who hold together our communities.

The 2014 Woman of the Year Awards was held at the Marriott Hotel on Saturday.

Woman of the Year 2014 Christina Corp with event sponsor Rachel Lowe. Picture: Mick Young

Woman of the Year 2014 Christina Corp with event sponsor Rachel Lowe. Picture: Mick Young

The glamorous event saw hundreds of people turn out to learn who had won in categories such as Mum of the Year, Businesswoman of the Year and Woman of Courage.

Christina Corp, from Stubbington, was named Most Inspirational Woman of the Year. The 27-year-old was involved in an horrific car crash 10 years ago in which her friend died.

She suffered such severe brain injuries doctors said she would not survive.

However, she pulled through and had to learn to walk and talk again and now lives independently and works as a volunteer helping other people with brain injuries.

Her incredible journey saw her also named overall Woman of the Year 2014.

She said: ‘It’s rather amazing. I can hardly believe I won.

‘I had picked out the name of the person I thought was going to be the winner and I focused on that so that I was not too upset when they did not call out my name.

‘I had completely prepared in my head not to win so when they announced the overall winner I couldn’t believe it. “Wow” is all I could think,

‘To have gone through what I have been through I even amaze myself that I managed to do it.’

Christina’s story is typical of the courage, tenacity, love and compassion of the award nominees.

The event was sponsored by She Who Dares luxury gift and accessories which is owned by businesswoman Rachel Lowe.

In a surprise move Rachel gave every nominee a gift to say thank you.

She said: ‘It was a completely amazing evening. All the women were inspirational and all do the most amazing things.

‘And the best thing about it is they have no idea how great they are.

‘I had the best job in the world being able to read out the names of the winners. I just wish I could have read out everybody’s names as winners.

‘It was nice to be able to give all the nominees a gift.’

For a full list of the winners and runners-up click here.