Faces in the Crowd: Becky Noble
Local woman competes in a World Paralympics Event in Italy
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Becky Noble is no stranger to hard work, growing up on a dairy farm in Minnesota. That strong work ethic and drive to succeed has helped her through many trials in life, like when the use of her legs was taken from her in a car accident in 1996. Becky took that situation and moved forward in life, not letting any obstacle stop her, like when she recently competed in a world event.
Talking with Becky, you can see and feel her zest for life. Becky has always loved the outdoors and grew up hunting with her family. She is no beginner when it comes to using a gun. She joined a trap club with some others at work in 2009, then started competitive trap shooting four years ago in Rapid City. She loves the inspiration she gets while out on the range.
Becky says, “It gives me a time to think about nothing else besides the target in front of me and really clear my head and gain some inspiration to move on with my daily activities.”
She was getting serious about the sport and bought new equipment, then heard about the International Bunker Trap, which she admits is more difficult than what she was used to. The targets are faster and moving in all directions.
She decided to participate in a competitive event last February and learned that International Bunker Trap is set to be introduced to the Paralympics in 2024.
She then went to a selection match in July in Texas where she made the USA team and that led her to compete in Italy this month at the World Champions Para Trap Shoot.
She was both nervous and proud to be representing her country on such a grand level. “I came off the line and had a smile on my face. I had just competed in a World Championship event, and it was amazing. I’ve got friends all over the world now, encouraging me, giving me pointers, and I cannot wait to train more and to do it again.”
Her mission now is to raise more awareness of the sport.
“Part of my responsibility, as well as to create awareness around the sport, is to a recruit other shooters who want to participate, people who qualify – classify for Paralympics. We want more people because the sport will not become a Paralympic sport until till we have an x amount of participants.”
Becky said turning 40 years old this year gave her the motivation to pursue more time for family and friends and set more goals and doing more of what she loves.
“For what para-sports do, what any sport does, it gives you an opportunity to get into the outdoors or just do something that you’re passionate about, and that’s what I am I am passionate about: trapshooting. I am passionate about doing things to help me be a better, healthier person, so I will continue to do it, and I will continue to help others find their passions.”
Becky was first in her category for the Grand Prix event that was going on at the same time as the championship. Her next goal is to train hard and practice more so that next summer she can win a minimum qualifying match, then compete in Australia for the next world championship.
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