JUDO star Sammi Smithson helped Great Britain to a silver medal in the European Team Championships.
The event was held in Romania and Accrington's Sammi only learnt she had been called up to the seven-strong team the day before she flew out. But Great Britain did well defeating Romania in the semi-finals in front of around 1000 fans cheering on the host country.
However they came undone in the finals losing to France. Last year Great Britain had been beaten 6-1 in the final but this time they were narrowly defeated 4-3.
British number two Sammi, who lives in Fern Gore Avenue when she is not working with the RAF in Aylesbury, admitted it was a great experience.
"It was probably one of the biggest events I have competed in," said the 27-year-old, who competes at 52 kilos. I was only called up on Thursday and we were flying out on Friday so I had to ask my boss for the next day off but he was okay about it!
"I did all right but I did lose to the French girl who I think has taken part in a couple of World Championships. I thought I could have done better but perhaps I am a bit hard on myself."
Sammi's next aim is the British Championships in December in Stoke where she is hot favourite as the British number one is currently out with an elbow injury.
"The pressure is on, I want to finish in the top two and it would be great to be British champion. I have done it in the youth event but not in the seniors."
Sammi, who is sponsored by BCC Suzuki, will be training at Hyndburn Sports Centre at her dad's club, Bredakwai, in between jetting back down south with the RAF.