Rebecca aims to do best in Delhi
REBECCA Darby has taken her first shots in trying to win an extremely rare gold medal.
The 29-year-old Hervey Bay cabinet-maker was in archery action on day one of the Delhi Commonwealth Games.
Darby is contesting the compound discipline in a sport that has only featured in the Commonwealth Games once before, in Brisbane in 1982.
It has not been included when Glasgow hosts the 2014 Games, so it comes as no surprise that Darby is keen to give winning a medal her best shot.
Especially when you consider that compound is also excluded from the Olympics as opposed to its recurve equivalent.
A member of the Hervey Bay Archers for the past 10 years, Darby is placed 16th after the first qualification round of 36 arrows at the Yamuna Sports Complex.
Darby, who took up the sport when she was six because her father Kelly was involved, said she was hoping to make the most of her opportunity to compete on a global stage.
“This is the first time that the compound has been in the Commonwealth Games and I've heard it could be the last,” Darby, who is ranked 53rd in the world, said.
“As compounders, we'd really love to make an impression and see that it gets included in future Games and even the Olympics.
“We'll give it our best shot and see what happens.”
To get to India, Darby not only had to impress selectors, she also had to get plenty of support from her boss – he didn't disappoint.
“When I started working there just over two years ago, I told him I was trying out for this Commonwealth Games team and I don't think they realised how much time I would need off,” she said.
“Their support has been absolutely great.”
Her boss, Darren McCully, said he was only too pleased to help.
“We've done everything we can to help Rebecca,” he said.
“She's following her dream and we are so proud of her.”
In Delhi, there will be eight gold medals on offer for men and women in the individual recurve, team recurve, individual compound and team compound events.