GB names it squad of six for London 2012 Lord’s test event

26 September 2011 / 19:00


Five time Olympian Alison Williamson will be among the six British archers featuring at the London Archery Classic, a London 2012 test event, at Lord’s next month.


Williamson, from Stafford, and chasing her sixth successive appearance at an Olympic Games, will line up alongside two time Olympian Naomi Folkard from Kidderminster, and Rotherham's Amy Oliver, who is chasing her first appearance at the world's biggest sports spectacular. It is the same three who won a team silver medal at last year's Commonwealth Games in Delhi.


There is also a familiar look to the men's trio, with Simon Terry, Larry Godfrey and Alan Wills handed the opportunity to boost their prospects of returning to Lords next August for the Olympic Games. They are the same three who represented Team GB at the Beijing Olympics.


Terry, from Grantham, was a double bronze medal winner as an 18 year old at the Barcelona Olympics. After giving up the sport for 10 years he returned to re-establish himself as one of the world's best archers. Like Terry, Bristol's Larry Godfrey is chasing a third Olympic appearance, while Cumbria's Alan Wills is looking for a second Olympic Games.


"The six archers who will be taking part at Lord’s have been selected on the basis of how they have performed this year, but there is still a lot of hard work ahead before anyone can secure their Olympic place," said Archery GB Performance Director Sara Symington.


"The archers who hope to represent Great Britain at next year's Olympic Games will have to take part in a tough selection process, but the important thing to point out is that everyone aspiring to claim a place at Lord’s will have a chance if they achieve the required scores to be invited to the selection shoots."


The London Archery Classic  an officially recognised World Archery international tournament and test event for London 2012, gets underway on Monday, October 3 with the ranking round. The first medals will be awarded the following day, when the men's team tournament takes place. The women's team tournament is the day after that. The men's individual gold medal matches take place on Sunday, October 9, with the women's final rounding off the test event the following day.


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