Shropshire archer Alison Williamson was today selected to compete in her sixth consecutive Olympics at London 2012.
Archery GB have confirmed the five-time Olympic veteran will be one of three women to represent the nation, alongside Kidderminster-based Naomi Folkard and Rotherham’s Amy Oliver. The announcement was made at Lord’s, where the archery competition will take place this summer.
It brings to an end a nervous wait for Williamson, who finished third in the final selection shoot at Lilleshall National Sports Centre last month.
Williamson, who won a bronze medal at the Athens games in 2004, 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 feel extremely privileged to be going to a sixth Olympics. I have enjoyed the experience at every one in equal measure, though forgive me for having a soft spot for Athens in 2004.
“But it tells you how special it is to appear at the Olympics that it means as much – probably more, given that it’s in London – to me now as it did when I qualified for the Barcelona games 20 years ago.
“This is the ultimate event that every athlete aspires to. To be there six times is just amazing.”
Williamson, a member of Long Mynd Archers in Church Stretton, also paid tribute to her family and friends for their support.
“They have been so supportive over many years. They have been the people who have celebrated with me when I’ve enjoyed success and picked me up when I’ve had a bad day at the office,” she said.
Williamson was also keen to talk up the team’s chances of winning medals at the competition.
“I am confident Amy, Naomi and myself will be competitive in both the individual tournament and team event,” said the 40-year old.Tweet