Hunt feeling upbeat for 2016

Hunt feeling upbeat for 2016
By Sportsbeat

02/01/2016 at 17:09

Nicky Hunt admits a coaching change within British archery has given her plenty of reason for optimism for 2016.

Despite taking silver at the Great Britain National Championships last month, the double Commonwealth champion endured a mixed 2015.

A large disappointment came in the form of failing to earn Team GB a quota place at the World Championships in Copenhagen.

She has however qualified for the next Great Britain selection shoot, which, if she is successful, would see her move forward to the European Championships and World Cup in Turkey, where quota places will be at stake.

And with new Archery GB performance director David Tillotson having appointed senior Olympic coach Richard Priestman since the World Championships, Hunt is feeling positive ahead of trying to qualify for Rio 2016.

"As a whole for Great Britain, it was slightly disappointing that we didn't earn any quota spaces at the World Championships," she said. "We have had a big change since then.

"The new performance director did not want to make any changes before the World Championships, but has now brought in a new coach, in Richard Priestman, who won two Olympic bronzes, in 1988 and 1992, and works closely with my coach Songi Woo.

"He has been coaching in South Africa, working very closely to try and earn quota spots for their team, and it's a really exciting time.

"The new performance director has brought a different approach to the programme, which was previously very centralised and one that everyone followed.

"It's now about the individual and getting the best performance out of each person.

"The change of philosophy is exciting, the focus is back on me, and it's been very liberating."

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