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Brown makes history as England qualify

india Updated: Oct 04, 2010 20:34 IST
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Archer Danielle Brown became the first English Paralympian to compete at an able-bodied Commonwealth Games event on Monday.

The 22-year-old finished 14th in the Women's Individual Compound event at the Yamuna Sports Complex in New Delhi

"It's pretty exciting, but I haven't made a big fuss over it," Brown said.

"For me, I'm trying not to get over-excited because I don't want to put myself under any additional pressure."

Brown suffers from reflex sympathetic dystrophy [RSD] which causes immense pain in her feet, and competes using a purpose-built stool.

She won a gold medal at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing and could be a medal chance in Delhi, but says for now she is just enjoying the experience.

"It's fantastic, I love being part of the Games and part of the team," she said. "I love learning about other sports in the Games as well."

Archery returns to the Games after a 28-year hiatus and, with the sport not featuring at Glasgow 2014, Brown said she was focused on making the most of her chance here.

"I haven't competed in a major able-bodied event before so it could well be an opportunity of a lifetime," she said.

The England team will be lining up for a shot at a medal in the Women's Team Compound event after Brown, Nicky Hunt and Nichola Simpson, secured the number two ranking behind Canada ahead of Wednesday's Team Elimination rounds.

"I'm ranked at 14, and we were ranked second as a team. It's a really good place to be," Brown said.

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