Agriculture student Martina, 23, scooped the award at the inaugural Yorkshire Post Rural Awards. The awards celebrate the vital role the rural and agricultural community plays in the economic success and profile of the region.
Judges were blown away by Martina’s academic achievements whilst battling against a highly debilitating condition.
During her seven years at College, she has progressed through the Level 1, 2 and 3 Agriculture courses, gaining numerous distinctions along the way, and has now started a degree programme. This is all despite suffering from dystonic cerebral palsy, which results in Martina having around 45 seizures every evening, leaving her severely fatigued.
“It is a real honour to win this award,” she said. “I couldn’t quite believe it when my name was read out.
“It means so much to me. It has proved to me that if you put in the work in and don’t give up, you can be successful.”
Martina was joined at the awards ceremony, held at The Pavilions of Harrogate, by her mum Sandra and representatives from the College.
She said: “It meant a lot to have my mum there and she was quire emotional when I won.
“I can’t thank the staff at Bishop Burton enough, especially the Agriculture team. I wouldn’t be where I am without them.
“They have always given me all the support and help I need, without singling me out or making me feel different.”
It was a double win on the night for the College, with former Agriculture student Josh Lawn also being named Young Farmer of the Year.