A TALENTED Dunfermline Water Polo Club star has picked up a bronze medal representing Great Britain at a European competition.

Goalkeeper Zara Christie, a pupil at Dunfermline High School, travelled to Brno, Czech Republic, to play for Great Britain's under-19 women's squad for the senior Women's EU Nations Cup competition, in which they placed third.

The teenager was one of 13 players that were selected for the tournament, which began on Friday and ran until Sunday.

In their opening match on Friday, GB secured an impressive 15-6 victory over Slovakia, before narrowly losing 10-9 to the hosts.

That was followed by a 15-6 win over Wales, and a 17-11 loss to Sweden, which put them into the bronze medal match against Slovakia, which they won thanks to a thrilling 12-8 victory.

Dunfermline star Zara was back involved with a GB team after competing for them at the LEN (European Aquatics) Under-17 Women's European Championships.

She was the only Scottish-based player involved in that squad and helped them to a 13th place finish overall at the 16-team competition, which took place in Manisa, Turkey, during the summer.

It was a highlight of what has been a successful 2023 for Zara who, in September, was named as Junior Water Polo Player of the Year at Scottish Swimming's annual awards, which also saw fellow Dunfermline player, Niamh Moloney, win the senior accolade.

Her trip to the EU Nations Cup comes after a busy November, which began with her representing Scotland's under-18 women at another EU Nations Cup event in Brno.

Joined by Dunfermline club-mates Kayleigh Roy, who was selected by her team-mates as their best defensive player, Lucy Macnair, who was the team's joint-top goalscorer, and Robyn Hewie, Zara - who even managed to score a goal - and the Scots placed fourth overall, losing out to Czech Republic 14-9 in the bronze medal game.

Following that competition, in which she was named as the tournament's best goalkeeper, she was involved in British Water Polo League (BWPL) competition with Manchester Comets, the second team within the City of Manchester Water Polo Club.

Having been promoted from Division Three, they have gone on to win Division Two, despite Zara, who again managed to score a goal during the season, and the team having an average age of around 17.

They have now advanced to play a series of fixtures involving the top five teams in Division Two, and the bottom three of Division One, in which City of Manchester are top, to determine final placings.

The EU Nations Cup comes as GB women's under-19s prepare to try and be involved in next summer's European Championships, in which Zara, who has received support from Dunfermline-based Benji Physio, and Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, hopes can see GB secure a top-eight finish.