Arrowtown mixed martial artist Mel Webster has won silver at the IMMAF World Championships.
The impressive 34-year-old lightweight fought three times at the amateur champs in Bahrain last week, winning two battles before losing in the final.
She was beaten by fellow Kiwi fighter Michelle Montague, who took gold.
“It was amazing. To represent New Zealand and then come home with a silver is just the best experience.”
Webster also lost to Montague, 25, at the Oceania champs in Auckland.
“She got me with a knee bar at Oceania and this time with an arm bar – she’s an amazing athlete, hats off to her, great ground work, very fast jiu-jitsu.
“At the end of the day, we were coming home with gold and silver for NZ. Definitely a day to remember.”
Webster beat reigning silver medallist Kaycee Blake in her first bout at the champs, after the Welsh fighter was injured while being taken down.
She then beat Kazakhstan’s Saida Khassenova the next day in a unanimous points decision.
Webster trains with the Hammerhead Central club in Cromwell under coach Jason Smith, and is sponsored by MWH Construction, Art Tile, Community Trust South and Queenstown’s council.