ARCHERY - Hall selected to represent Team GB at Paris 2024 Games - The Leamington Observer

ARCHERY - Hall selected to represent Team GB at Paris 2024 Games

Aaron Sutcliffe 3rd Jul, 2024 Updated: 8th Jul, 2024   0

TOM Hall will represent Great Britain at the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic Games after earning a place in Team GB’s archery squad.

Hall, who lives in Kenilworth, is one of six archers in the Team GB squad and is making his second appearance at the Games in Paris.

The 33-year-old will compete as an individual and as part of a team, alongside Conor Hall and Alex Wise, in the men’s recurve competition. Additionally, the highest ranked man and woman after qualification, will compete in the mixed team event.

Hall said: “I’m really excited and feel like we’re rolling into Paris hot, everyone’s ready to go.

“We’ve all been competing hard for the last few months with lots of tournaments abroad. Having the Games ‘next door’ feels good – it feels more local and a chance to see friends and family which I didn’t get in Tokyo.

“We’ll definitely feel the extra support, plus only having an hours’ time difference means people will be awake when we’re shooting.

“I’ve competed in Paris before so there will be a feeling of familiarity although it will obviously look very different. Experience has taught me that it is still just another archery competition despite all the lights and colours.

“As my second games, Paris is a phenomenal achievement and I hope that as a team we can raise the profile of the sport to as many people as possible. Last year was a fantastic year for me personally, having won the National Tour Finals and the UK Masters, but competing at Paris is fantastic.

“I hope to inspire people to take up a sport that they might never have thought about before, whether that’s archery or something else. We all have so much potential and speaking from personal experience, it’s never too late to give something new a try.

“I first picked up a bow at University when I was 20. I was just looking for something to do and their T-shirts were cool. I took part in my first beginners’ competition six weeks later. I wasn’t that great, but I enjoyed having a team I could compete for and feeling like I could improve.

“Everyone was really supportive and encouraging. University archery was definitely where I grew and learnt a lot. It’s something that’s given me focus in the past five or six years. It really helped through Covid.

“While I want to do well individually, I care most about the team. It means such a lot when you shoot well together.”

Hall is a full-time athlete since graduating from University of Warwick where he earned a PhD in Chemistry.

After taking up archery at university, and recovering from injury post-Covid, he made his Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games where he finished 33rd individually and fifth in the team event.

Director of performance at Archery GB, Tom Duggan added: “I’m delighted for the athletes selected to represent Team GB in Paris this summer.

“The men have developed a really strong sense of belief and momentum this season, and showed at the preparation events and Final Qualification Tournament that they are building nicely towards the Games.

“The athletes selected came through an exhaustive selection process that started last year.

“Both the teams have been building towards the Games and showed the levels they are capable of last week at the Final Qualification Tournament in Turkey and we are looking forward to seeing them perform to their potential in Paris.”

Team GB’s archery squad comprises Hall, Bryony Pitman, Penny Healey, Megan Havers, Conor Hall and Alex Wise with Patrick Huston and Thea Rogers non-travelling reserves.

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