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Dream has come true for archer

Archer Pippa Britton says her dream of competing at the highest level has come true with her selection to represent Great Britain at the Paralympic Games.

Britton, from Newport in south Wales is one of an 11-strong squad for Beijing.

"I used to swim as a kid - I was never good enough to compete at the highest level but I always dreamed I'd be at the Paralympic Games," she said.

Britton, 45, re-learned archery after major surgery two years ago to treat curvature of the spine.

Pippa Britton reveals how persistence paid off

"My surgeon said to me: 'I'll try and keep you intact to be able to shoot' but obviously he couldn't guarantee it," she told the BBC.

"I went into the beginning of that six months (recovery) not knowing if I'd be able to shoot."

A member of the GB squad for seven years, this is Britton's first Paralympics.

As there is no team event, she will be competing against good friends.

"We are all very good friends as well, but we don't lose the competitive urge.

"We are all very professional about it and you go into a competition and you want to win," said Britton, who also competes for Wales in able-bodied events.

"(The Paralympics) isn't the same as the Olympics in that it's a different style of competition," said Britton, who will be shooting with a compound bow in an open class where sitting or standing is allowed.

"But it (the Paralympics) is just as hard, just as worthy of tv coverage, it's just as exciting - some of it is more exciting than able-bodied sport."


The full squad is: Mick Beard (Cornwall), Danielle Brown (Skipton), Pippa Britton (Newport, South Wales), Lynne Burton (Chelmsford), John Cavanagh (London), Mel Clarke (Norwich), Mike Karaphillides (Luton), Kay Lucas (Ludlow), Kathy Smith (Oxford), Fred Stevens (Hinckley, Leicestershire) and John Stubbs (Warrington).

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