High Wycombe Paralympian Louise Sugden won a brilliant silver medal in the women's heavyweight Para-powerlifting at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

Louise lifted 103kg and was second only to Nigeria’ Ndidi Nwosu.

The result is all the more remarkable for the fact that Louise only took up the sport nine months ago, having previously enjoyed a successful career as a GB wheelchair basketball player.

Sugden’s silver medal is the latest boost in a busy few months, as just last month she was announced as a recipient of sponsorship from disability charity Path to Success, as part of their new Path to Tokyo initiative.

Louise will receive funding towards coaching, training and travel costs in the build of to the Tokyo Paralympics.

International success is not altogether unfamiliar for thirty-three-year-old Louise, as she won five European Championship bronze medals and also played at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and at London 2012 as a member of GB’s women’s wheelchair basketball side.

Louise isn’t resting on her laurels though, and hopes for further success in the coming months and years.

She said: "I would love a medal at the European Championships next, and ultimately a medal is then the dream for Tokyo.

"I’m still getting used to powerlifting, as it’s a change in environment and mind-set from wheelchair basketball, but I still had high hopes for these games.

"Unless my body suddenly gives up, there is no reason I can’t achieve plenty more."