Athlete of the Week: Becky Noble

Our Athlete of the Week Becky Noble is preparing to represent the United States of America as part of a three-person team at next month's World Shooting Para Sport Para Trap Championships in Lonato Del Garda, Italy.

Remington V3 field sport shotgun, Photo Date: 1/11/2017

Noble knows a little about adversity and how to deal with it ... so regardless of the outcome she always stays focused on the next shot.

For Box Elder's Becky Noble, shooting trap is one of the many things she finds enjoyable, just one thing that brings a smile to the face of someone who has an infectious energy that makes others smile just by being around her ...

Noble says, "At 17 I was in a car accident in Minnesota. I was a passenger in a car and we hit a telephone pole and oit left me paralyzed from my waist down and I have a little bit of movement but I can't bear any weight on my feet, I can't stand ... it's been 22 years and I wouldn't change a bit of it ..."

The reason that Noble wouldn't change anything about the past 22 years, including a fateful afternoon that altered her life and that of her family forever ... is that in many ways that accident has helped shape her entire outlook on the world and how she navigates it ... both literally and figuratively ...

Noble says, "There are goiod days of shooting and there are bad days of shooting. Like I said, I'm not the best shooter out there but I look at every event as a new event, every target as a new target. If I drop one, there's no going back so I always have to move forward and make sure that my focus is in check."

Noble says that dealing with the curveballs that life throws at you is part of the deal ... and that even when it's something as severe as what she faced, optimism and looking toward the next challenge is key.

Noble said, "When we struck that telephone pole I knew right away that my life was changed, I never thought it was over, I never thought this was the end, I just thought that it had changed ...

Noble, who will compete as a member of the first-ever U.S. Paratrap squad in Italy ... hopes that her experiences can help increase the number of people who take part in the sport while also making it as enjoyable as they can for as many people as can be ...

Noble said, "I wasn in Kerrville, Texas for the qualification match and I was crusing across the lane and there were a bunch of rocks, little pea rocks that I had to get through, so I wasn't really cruising, I was starting and stopping and starting and stopping and starting and stopping and I said, 'This is not an accessible range! Like I need to do something about this.' So creating awareness around different ranges and the outdoors is one of my passions and making sure that people who are putting these events on keep an open mind and think about how to make it more accessible."