The British Olympic Association (BOA) has today named the archers as officially selected to compete for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The selected athletes include Athens 2004 Olympic bronze medallist Alison Williamson, 40, who will participate in her sixth consecutive Olympic Games.
Williamson joins a very special group of only four British Olympians to compete in six Games, alongside javelin thrower Tessa Sanderson (1976-1996).
Williamson will be joined in the women’s squad by 24 year-old Olympic debutant Amy Oliver, and Naomi Folkard, 28, who will be competing in her third Games in succession.
Williamson said, “I’m so thrilled and proud to have made it to my sixth Olympics. It makes all the sacrifices, and all the hard work, over many years, worthwhile.
“Now I can start to look forward to the enormous honour of representing my country at a home Olympic Games. It just doesn’t get any better.
“I have enjoyed the experience at every Games and it means as much today as it did when I qualified for the Barcelona Games 20 years ago. This is the ultimate event that every athlete aspires to, and to be there six times is just amazing.
“The Olympic selection process was a tense three weeks, and the competition was fierce, as you’d expect, and I was so relieved to secure one of the three places.
“I am confident Amy, Naomi and I will be competitive in both the individual tournament, and also in the team event. The three of us won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010, and there’s no reason why we can’t be in the mix for a medal at Lord’s.”
The women’s team will be aiming for the medal podium after finishing fourth at the last Olympics in Beijing. The same trio selected to Team GB today won a silver medal while representing England at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
The addition of the archers brings the total number of athletes officially selected to Team GB for London 2012 to 85 across seven disciplines: archery, athletics – marathon, boxing, canoe slalom, sailing, swimming and synchronised swimming.
Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine