Meet the inspiring Kiwi who uses a wheelchair and now has a PhD in dance

An inspiring Kiwi dancer has become the "world's first" disabled person in a wheelchair to graduate with a PhD in dance.

Suzanne Cowan says people with a disability should refuse to listen to other people's limitations. Source: Seven Sharp

Suzanne Cowan was left disabled after being involved in a road accident while on her OE in Canada when aged 22.

That didn't stop her from pursuing her dream though, as she graduated with a PhD in dance from Auckland University on Friday.

"I believe I am the first woman with a disability in a chair to do a practices research PhD in dance," Cowan told TVNZ1's Seven Sharp.

You can watch her amazing story in the video above.