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Ones to watch in Delhi: Danielle Brown

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Para archer aims to make history at Games

Danielle Brown came to archery by accident and now finds herself creating Commonwealth Games history.

Brown on Monday becomes the first Paralympians to compete for England able-bodied teams in the competition, with cyclist Sarah Storey to become the second later this week.

The 22-year-old from Yorkshire suffers from a condition called reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) which results in chronic pain in her feet, so she shoots propped on a stool.

She competes in the compound archery event, with bows use a system of levers and pulleys in order to fire the arrows.

It is the first time since Brisbane in 1982 that archery is part of the Commonwealth Games programme and with compound not part of the Olympic archery programme, this is be a high-profile event for all competitors.

FACTS & STATS

Born: 10 April 1988

From: Lothersdale, near Skipton, Yorkshire

Career highlights: Gold medal at Beijing Paralympics, two-time World Championship individual and team gold medallist.

Events: Women's compound (individual and team)

PATH TO THE PODIUM

Brown comes from a sporty family and participated in a number of different sports, including fell running, before her condition forced her to give up in her early teens.

When she was 15, she took up archery and it was a decision that quickly brought dividends.

After winning a number of junior national titles, she was fast-tracked onto the Paralympics development squad and narrowly missed out on a medal at the 2006 European Championships and also in the able-bodied 2006 World Junior Championships.

In 2007, Brown made her major international breakthrough with individual compound gold at the World Championships, as well as team gold with Pippa Britton and Mel Clarke.

It meant she went to the Beijing Paralympics, not only as the favourite for gold but also the youngest member of the GB archery squad but she showed great maturity to claim an impressive win.

Competing in able-bodied competitions has always been important to Brown and she was GB's sole archery representative at last year's World Student Games in Belgrade before she went on to retain her two IPC World Championship titles.

Despite working hard for her law degree at the University of Leicester, where she has achieved a first, she managed to clinch her England place in Delhi after a two-day selection shoot in Coventry in June where she finished second behind world number one Nicky Hunt.


2010 form: Won individual and mixed team compound gold and women's team silver at the Para-archery European Championships. Took bronze along with Hunt and Nichola Simpson in the compound team event in September's Shanghai World Cup

In action: Compound team: Qualification - 4 October (1500-1700), Eliminations - 6 October (1400-1600), Finals - 7 October (0900-1100) Compound individual: Qualification - 4 October (1500-1700), Eliminations - 5 October (1400-1510 and 1640-1710), Finals - 9 October (0900-1100).

Rivals: England should be in the mix for a medal in the team competition with the strongest challenge likely to come from Australia. Brown is ranked 10th in the individual event but a good performance in qualifying could give her an outside chance of a medal, but it will be a tough with team-mate Nicky Hunt and Canada's Ashley Wallace the favourites for gold.

What she says: "I did not think that I would even make it as far as the final qualifying event so to be selected for the Commonwealth Games team is fantastic and I'm really happy."

What's next: With her studies now at an end, Brown will concentrate full-time on archery in the build-up to the London 2012 Paralympics where she will hope to retain her title.

Her boyfriend and fellow Paralympian Ali Jawad is also in Delhi as part of the England powerlifting team while her younger sister Georgie is on the British junior able-bodied archery team.



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