PEMBROKESHIRE adventurer Tori James is in the running for a top national award.

Tori, the youngest British woman to climb Everest, is an ambassador for the Visit Wales Year of Adventure 2016, and got the year off to a great start by not only setting off the entrants at Saundersfoot’s New Year’s Day Swim, but also taking the plunge herself.

She is one of nine nominations for the adventurer of the year category in the National Adventure Awards 2016.

Tori, aged 34, tweeted that she was “so chuffed” to have her name put forward for the accolade.

Her passion for outdoor adventure was fuelled in Pembrokeshire, where she grew up on a farm in Clarbeston Road.

In 2005, she was a member of the Pink Lady Polecats who became the first-ever all-female team to complee the 360-mile Polar Challenge.

In 2010, she cycled the 2,400-kilometre length of New Zealand and in 2014 was part of the Beeline Britain team who became the first to travel in a straight line from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

She is also an ambassador for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Wales and Girlguiding UK, and is honorary president of Girlguiding in Pembrokeshire, having been a Brownie, Guide and Ranger in Haverfordwest.

She currently lives in Cardiff and works across Wales and internationally as a motivational speaker and consultant delivering leadership training, team and youth development projects.

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Voting closes on February 28 and the awards will be presented at a ceremony in Glasgow in March.