Kesgrave’s Nicky on the Hunt for Olympic glory as European Games in Baku loom
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Olympic hopeful Nicky Hunt is dreaming of Rio 2016 qualification and hopes to prepare in the best possible way at the inaugural European Games later this month.
The 30-year-old Kesgrave archer, who represented Deben Archery Club, has been named alongside Olympians Naomi Folkard, Amy Oliver and male archer Kieran Slater in the squad that will travel to Baku, Azerbaijan.
Hunt suffered agony in 2012 as she missed out on a place at her home games in London, and is determined to make amends at next year’s Olympics in Brazil.
Baku will not determine her fate but, competing in the Women’s individual and team events, she could win ranking points ahead of the Olympic qualification event, which will be held at the World Archery Championships in Denmark, next month.
“As a team we have got to finish in the top eight in the team event in Denmark to earn a quota place for next year’s Olympics,” explained Hunt, who competes in the recurve discipline.
“If we achieve that, we will then fight it out next spring for a top three spot that will ensure individual qualification.
“I am currently fourth in the rankings after one event, so I am in a good position, I am where I want to be, and things are definitely improving.”
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While her Olympic destiny will not be on the line, Hunt is still excited to representing her country at such a spectacle.
“Absolutely it’s a great honour and it will be brilliant to look back on, especially being the first one. The Games are expected to get bigger and bigger too,” added Hunt who won two gold medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
“There will be 64 men and 64 women (in the archery) and the scale and size of the event, especially with the athletes’ village, is something that excites me.”