Hervey Bay’s Rebecca Darby is on her way to the Commonwealth Games in India.
Hervey Bay’s Rebecca Darby is on her way to the Commonwealth Games in India. Alistair Brightman

Aiming to win gold in India

JARROD Fletcher has done it.

Now Hervey Bay's Rebecca Darby is aiming, literally, to follow in Fletcher's footsteps and win Commonwealth Games gold.

Not in boxing, like Fletcher did in Melbourne in 2006, but in archery.

Darby, 28, a cabinet-maker, has been named in Australia's 12-strong team for the Delhi Commonwealth Games in October.

Darby, a member of the Hervey Bay Archers for the past 10 years, will compete in the compound discipline.

She earned her call-up after impressing selectors following an intensive year of camps, trials and overseas competition.

Not surprisingly, Darby, who will celebrate her 29th birthday next week, said she was thrilled to be representing Australia in Delhi.

“It feels fantastic, I can tell you,” Darby, who is ranked 53rd in the world, said.

“When I discovered archery was going to be back on the Commonwealth Games program three years ago, my goal was to make the team.

“Now I have and I am so looking forward to it.

“I cannot wait.”

Darby, who took up the sport when she was six because her father Kelly was involved in it, said she and her team-mates had been training hard for their shot at winning gold.

“We have shot over 100 matches in preparation for the Games,” she said.

“We've been told that this is far more match practice than any previous Australian team has done prior to an event.

“We still have another chance to fine-tune ourselves when we contest the World Cup in China later this month.

“After that, we'll go into camp in Darwin before we head to Delhi.”

Archery will make only its second appearance at the Commonwealth Games, following its debut in Brisbane in 1982.

Australia has never won gold in the sport.

In Delhi, eight gold medals will be on offer for men and women in the individual recurve, team recurve, individual compound and team compound events.

It comes as no surprise that Darby said she wouldn't mind making a bit of history.

“You can be sure that I, and all the other Aussie archers, would love to do it (win gold),” she said.

“We'll give it our best shot.”



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