Tokyo Games - Bryony Pitman hoping to give archery rivals an education in accuracy on Olympic debut
Bryony Pitman has high hopes for her Olympic debut after a hectic period which saw her being selected for Team GB's archery team despite having to juggle her sporting ambitions with her studies at Brunel University. Pitman heads to Tokyo alongside Naomi Folkard and fellow debutant Sarah Bettles. The Games begin July 23rd after a year-long delay due to Covid-19.
GB Archer Bryony Pitman practises at Worthing Archery Club on June 22, 2020 in Worthing, West Sussex.
UK Sport's National Lottery funded World Class Programme has powered Pitman's career and allows her to train full time, access the world's best coaches and benefit from pioneering technology, science and medical support.
The recurve ace scooped bronze in the team event at the 2019 World Championships and is rapidly emerging as the golden girl of British archery with a crucial year ahead.
The Team GB women's squad for Tokyo is a potent blend of youth and experience, with both Pitman and Bettles Olympic debutants and Folkard, 37, competing at her fifth consecutive Games.
Pitman has loved being a sponge to Folkard's insight and hopes learning from the three-time World Championship medallist can be a recipe for success.
"I think it's really invaluable having someone like Naomi on the team," added Pitman, who will be looking to add to the 864 Olympic and Paralympic medals won by Great Britain and Northern Ireland athletes since the advent of National Lottery funding in 1997.
GB Archer Bryony Pitman practises at Worthing Archery Club on June 22, 2020 in Worthing, West Sussex
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"Over the past few years shooting together, I've found Naomi has so much experience. If you have a question about the [Olympic] village, or how things work with media or kit, Naomi has been there.
"It's great to have somebody that's so easy to talk to and while all of those questions might seem stupid, she's there to answer then.
"From an archery point of view as well, it's about having somebody who has that experience and knows what it's like to shoot at an Olympic Games.
"The closer it gets to the Games, I have no doubt that she's going to have some tips for us about how to deal with that different pressure."
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