PARALYMPIC gold medallist Anita Chapman is celebrating after receiving an MBE in the New Year's Honours list.

Anita, 49, of Carr Side Lane in Hatfield, took up archery just nine years ago and has taken the disabled sports world by storm, culminating in a gold medal at the Sydney Paralymic Games in 2000.

She won an individual silver medal and team bronze at the Atlanta Paralympic Games in 1996, striking gold at the European Championships in Italy a year later.

She became world champion in 1998, following it up by winning gold at the Paralympic World Championship in New Zealand.

Anita's crowning glory was at Sydney in October 2000 when she secured a convincing victory over the Polish world record holder Malgorzata Olejink to lift the gold medal. She also claimed silver for the team event.

Speaking after her victory, Anita said: "It is absolutely fantastic to win gold. Malgorkata beat me in Atlanta and I said I'd never let her beat me again. We've been competing against each other since then and I have always won."

Following her return from Sydney Anita, who is married to Bernard and has a son Arron, was honoured with a civic reception at the Mansion House when the then Mayor of Doncaster Coun Maureen Edgar presented her with a miniature clock and the borough's coat of arms.

At the reception Coun Edgar said: "Anita is a remarkable lady and a shining example to all the people out there who have any form of disability."