A woman from the Isle of Wight has scooped a bronze medal in the BAFA European Flag Football Championships.

Lottie Laidler, who lives in Ryde, starred for Great Britain as they clinched third place in the tournament in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Flag football is a version of American football where the basic rules of the game are similar to those of the mainstream game, but instead of tackling players to the ground, the defensive team must remove a flag or flag belt from the ball carrier.

Lottie started playing the sport while at university two years ago. She travels to the mainland on a regular basis to play for the Coventry Cougars – and has been playing for Team GB for a year.

Lottie, 22, said:

“Winning a medal is a very proud moment for me. It shows that hard work, dedication and a few deformed fingers, oh a a big dent in my bank balance can lead to great things.

“It is something I will never forget!”

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