WHEELCHAIR sport star Lily Rice has struck gold in a top international contest in Germany.

Fourteen-year-old Lily, from Manorbier, is being hailed as a global leader in the fast-growing sport of WCMX (wheelchair motocross).

On Sunday, she claimed first place in the women's open competition in the first International German Open in Hamburg.

Competing against riders from all over Europe, Lily took her victory after a couple of days training and heats in very hot conditions.

Said Lily: "Everyone rode amazingly, and I'm stoked to have won."

Lily first hit the headlines last autumn when she became the first female in Europe to achieve a wheelchair back flip, and only the second girl in the world to pull off the stunt.

In April, she was the only GB representative at the World WCMX Championships in California, where she took a superb silver medal in the women's division.

Sunday's victory was another highlight in her non-stop schedule, having recently filmed for a children's tv show and a virtual reality experience for other skaters and wheelchair-users.

After a well-earned week off, Lily will be demonstrating her talents in Italy for a high profile event before travelling home to Pembrokeshire with her dad Mark, mum Jenni and sister Amber and a return to school at Tenby's Greenhill, where she will be going into Year 10.