Ipswich archer Nicky Hunt makes history
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Double Commonwealth gold medalist Nicky Hunt has made history by becoming the first competitor to qualify for the AGB National Series, in seperate years, in two different events.
The archer who previously competed in the compound discipline at the event, will this time be taking part in the recurve at next month’s competition in Lilleshall.
A former compound world number one, the 27-year-old Kesgrave resident has changed events to chase her Olympic dream.
“I switched to recurve as the dream is to qualify for Rio (Olympics), in three years time,” she said.
“If they brought compound back to the Olympics tomorrow, then obviously I would switch back as I was world number one.
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“Because I have made all these changes, this year was more about my technique than winning tournaments, and being in the best shape possible ahead of Rio. That is the most important thing.
“I thought I might be more of an outside shot to make the National Series, so I am happy to qualify and it will provide a good test for me.”
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Twice on the podium at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi three years ago, Hunt will not, however, be given the chance to win gold in recurve at next year’s event in Scotland, with archery missing the cut at the Games.
“Had the Games been in England I am sure there would have been a chance of archery being there,” said Hunt who is honing her technique with new Team GB performance coach Songi-Woo. “England led the archery medal table at the Delhi Games whereas Scotland did not win any.
“The host nation can choose seven sports to go with the 10 core (compulsory) sports, so they will pick the ones they feel they have the best chance of medalling in.”
Hunt has been named as an ambassador for the England team at the Commonwealths.
Joining gymnasts Beth Tweddle and Max Whitlock, Hunt will help promote the England team on the journey to Glasgow and aid its performance during the Games.