GB recurve team named for home European Championships

GB recurve team named for home European Championships
By Sportsbeat

12/05/2016 at 10:17Updated

A six-strong Great Britain recurve archery team has been named for the European championships in Nottingham later this month.

Olympians Amy Oliver and Naomi Folkard, as well as 2014 Youth Olympian Bryony Pitman, make up the female half of the team.

Three-time Olympian Larry Godfrey, gold medallist at the Marrakech World Cup Patrick Houston, and youngster Kieran Slater, complete the team.

The compound team for the competition was announced last month with the best of British archery talent set to pit themselves against hundreds of archers from across the continent at the University of Nottingham's Highfields playing fields from May 23 to 29.

David Tillotson, performance director at Archery GB, said: "To have a home European Championship as well as the Olympic Games in the same year is a very exciting prospect for the team, and we're working on using this energy and drive to be really competitive and achieve our best results possible.

"Our men's recurve team reached the bronze medal match at the World Cup in Shanghai at the beginning of the month and, along with promising medal performances recently in Antalya and Slovenia, we're hoping to build further on this success."

The championship will include a separate continental qualifying tournament on Friday, May 27, allowing European countries to secure individual quota places for the Rio Olympic Games.

The British team can qualify one male and one female place during the event.

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