Alison Williamson named in GB archery test event squad

By Nick HopeBBC Olympic sports reporter
Alison Williamson
Alison Williamson is bidding to compete in her sixth Olympic Games

Alison Williamson, 2004 Olympic bronze medallist, has been named in the six-strong British squad for next month's London Archery Classic event at Lord's.

The competition, which doubles up as a test event for the 2012 Olympic Games, will feature over 100 archers competing from 3-10 October.

"Lord's is a wonderful venue and it's going to be a fantastic experience," said Williamson.

"My goal is to be there next year for the real thing, at my home Games."

Williamsonexternal-link made her Olympic debut back in Barcelona in 1992 and is chasing her sixth successive Olympic appearance.

The 39-year-old from Stafford is joined in the women's team by Naomi Folkard and World Championship mixed-team bronze medallist Amy Oliver - the same line-up who won a team silver medal at last year's Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Williamson won an individual silver in India as well, but her form has been less consistent in 2011.

"I was in great form early on, and won a gold medal at a European Grand Prix event, which was terrific," said Williamson.

"In contrast, I was disappointed with my performance at the World Championships in July [where Williamson failed to win a medal], but there are lots of positives about this year that I can take forward into next."

There is also a familiar look to the men's trio, with fellow veteran Simon Terryexternal-link - who won two Olympic bronze medals in Barcelona 19 years ago - joining world bronze medallist Larry Godfreyexternal-link and Alan Willsexternal-link in a repeat of the Team GB line-up for the Beijing Olympics.

"I'm absolutely delighted to be taking part in the Test event at Lord's," said Godfrey.

"It will be wonderful to take part in an international archery tournament at the home of cricket, walking out through the long room and down those steps will be something else."

The London Archery Classic event will host 58 male and 49 female archers - a line-up which includes South Korea's 2011 World Championship gold medal winners IM Dong-Hyun and Kl No Bea.