Dancer Liu Yan. [Photo provided to China Daily]
The 34-year-old had to bid farewell to the stage and adjust to life in a wheelchair after the injury, which left her paralyzed below the waist. She is the first Chinese to win the Tara award.
The charity gala, which was initiated by Olympic athlete Christian Rijavec in 2008, aims at honoring people "who, dealt with a stroke of fate, nevertheless cope with their lives and even perform extraordinary accomplishments".