Kesgrave archer Nicky Hunt is disappointed she will not be able to defend her Commonwealth gold medals
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Kesgrave archer Nicky Hunt is disappointed that circumstances outside of her control have once again denied her the chance to compete at a major multi-sport event on home soil.
The 29-year-old had the world at her feet after winning team and individual gold medals at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, but she was then left with a race against time to retrain disciplines – from compound to recurve – with only the latter included as an event at London 2012 Olympics.
An impressive climb to fifth in the Great Britain rankings, from a standing start, didn’t prove to be enough though. Instead, she spent time in the Olympic Village as one of several athletes earmarked as hot prospects for Rio 2016.
Two years on and Hunt is back in Team GB’s three-woman team and performing well at World Cup events across the globe. She won’t be able to defend her Commonwealth titles at Glasgow at the end of July though as the host nation have decided not to include archery as an event.
“It’s really sad that archery is not going to be a part of Glasgow,” said Hunt, who trains full-time at Lilleshall, her partner Michael Peart the head coach of the Great Britain Paralympic squad.
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“Having not competed at London 2012, it would have been fantastic for me to have competed at a home Commonwealths.
“Scotland aren’t that successful at archery though so it hasn’t been selected.
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“That’s just the way it goes. As soon as I missed out on London, my focus immediately switched to the next four-year cycle and Rio 2016.”
Team GB’s failure to land an archery medal at London 2012 saw the appointment of Songi Woo as their new performance coach. The South Korean – whose own promising career was cut short by injury – took Mexico from archery obscurity to having silver and bronze medallists in London.
“She’s made a huge difference,” said Hunt. “She really pushes me and I like that. Last year was a bit of building year, I made some significant technical changes, and now I’m reaping the rewards of that.
“I’m shooting PBs, I’ve been to World Cup events in Shanghai and Colombia and really feel like I’m going in the right direction.
“Next year is the first European Games (Baku, Azerbaijan) and after that the qualifying process for Rio begins. I’m excited about what’s ahead.”