Local defies odds, makes it on the US Paralympic trap shooting team

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RAPID CITY S.D. (KOTA TV) - At 17 years old, Becky was in a car accident leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. Despite her limitations, Becky doesn't let this define her. She is now one of the three people representing the United States, going to Italy to compete in the para trap world championship.

"After the accident happened it was- okay, I got this. I can do this. I guess that's really similar to going to Italy it's like okay I got this, I can do this. I'm going to a land unknown with my very best friend and we're going to troubleshoot anything that comes in the way," says Becky Noble a para trap shooter.

Para trap shooting is a new concept for the world championship. Becky first heard of the league when she was in Arizona at a shooting event and decided it was something she wanted to participate in. She then had to learn international trap shooting which differs from what she's used to.

"Usually you shoot five times at each station. It's an Olympic style event so you shoot at one station then move, shoot at one station then move- one time at each station, 5 times. Your targets are faster, you're constantly moving an they're on a wider spectrum," says Noble.

With the newness of the Paralympic trap games they are not currently a sanctioned Paralympic sport. Meaning Becky has to pay for the flight, hotel and ammo for her trip. She heads out at the beginning of October and will compete for the world championship. Just saying that out loud is still surreal to her.

"It's really like a Paralympic event, like the Olympics. I never thought I would be competing at a Paralympic event, hopefully in the next 6 years as we get the word out about para trap, it will become a sanctioned Paralympic event," says Noble.

Becky says from now until she leaves she spends about six hours a week preparing for the world championship.