Hot-shot Rebecca Nuttall scored a silver medal when she competed in the Dwarf Sports Association National Games for the first time.
Miss Nuttall, 26, of Centre Street, Hemsworth, took part in the annual games for sports people with dwarfism and picked up second place in the rifle shooting event.
The former Hemsworth Arts and Community College student, said: “I could not believe I came second because it was the first time I had ever tried shooting.
“I had no idea I would do so well. I was so excited.”
She was up against 14 other competitors in the three-day event, which took place last month.
Miss Nuttall has diastrophic dysplasia dwarfism, which means those affected have short stature with very short arms and legs and joint problems that restrict mobility.
She said although she had taken part in PE at school, she had concentrated more on her academic studies.
She added: “ I just heard about the games and decided to give it a try.”
She has now set her signts on success at the World Dwarf Games in the US in August.
She will take part in rifle shooting, badminton and boccia.
Miss Nuttall said the games had a really fun atmosphere.
She said: “It is so much fun taking part in the games, everyone is so friendly and supportive, although it can be competitive.
“I really hope to do well in boccia as that’s the one I have practised most.”