Move over Jess Ennis-Hill – Sheffield has a new golden girl after support worker Leah Flack struck gold at a world games.
The 22-year-old is celebrating winning gold and bronze medals, following in the footsteps of 2009 world and 2012 Olympic heptathlon champion Jess.
Leah was a member of the British women’s football team which won gold at the World Dwarf Games in Michigan, USA, earlier this month, as well as being part of the 4x100m relay team which clinched bronze.
Leah, of Meetinghouse Lane, Woodhouse, said: “Michigan was amazing, the weather was great, although I didn’t manage to see much while I was there, due to competing.
“The trip was funded by the Dwarf Sports Association and myself – dream it, believe it, achieve it. I made loads of new friendships from all around the world.”
As well as the relay and football – where Leah scored in the penalty shoot-out as Britain beat the USA – she also competed in the 100m, shot put, discus, basketball, boccia and badminton.
And now the 4ft 3in former Handsworth Grange School pupil has set her sights on competing at the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil.
Leah, a support worker at a care home in Woodhouse, said: “I am going to just train my hardest for the rest of this year and maybe enter the season’s last competitions, then train hard all winter ready for big competitions next year.
“My goal is the Paralympics in Brazil in 2016 hopefully.”
Leah, who has a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia, already has a collection of medals of different colours, having been competing seriously since 2009.
She said: “Since 2010, I’ve taken on bigger competitions, like disability sports, where I compete against all different disabilities, not just dwarfism.
“I’ve won about 20 to 25 medals – I’m not sure how many I’ve got actually, but they’re gold, silver and bronze.”