London 2012 Olympic trial timing buoys Nicky Hunt

Nicky Hunt
Hunt is a double Commonwealth gold medalist in compound archery

Olympic hopeful Nicky Hunt believes Great Britain's qualifying criteria for London 2012 plays into her hands.

The Ipswich archer is re-training to use the recurve bow and hopes to peak in time for next spring's trials.

"You could be world champion this year and that's not going to guarantee you going to the Olympics," the 26-year-old told BBC Radio Suffolk.

"The selection process doesn't produce shocks, it produces good, accurate, consistent archers."

She added: "It's important we do get people who are on form."

Hunt, the former world number one in the compound discipline, has switched to recurve in order to chase one of the three Olympic places.

Her first foray into competitive action saw her finish the National Series in eighth, and she was at Lord's to watch her rivals take part in an Olympic test event last week.

"We set out a plan to not really perform this summer but to get that technical shot down, get everything right and then really look at the big picture and make sure we peak next summer," she continued.

"I think it's the biggest winter of my career, it's gong to be hard and sore.

"There'll be a lot of arrows shot, but I'm certainly looking forward to it."

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