Archers from Leamington and Kenilworth named in Team GB for Olympics

Fifth Games for Naomi Folkard and Olympic debut for Tom Hall

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 8:33 pm
Updated Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 8:38 pm
Archer Tom Hall is excited to be competing for Team GB in Tokyo this summer

The British Olympic Association (BOA) has confirmed the selection of the six archers who will represent Team GB at the Tokyo Olympic Games - with two from Leamington and Kenilworth.

Among them is four-time Olympian Naomi Folkard, who is looking forward to competing at the Yumenoshima Park Archery Field from 23-31 July.

Folkard is an experienced member of the team having competed at the Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games. From Leamington Spa, Folkard has medalled at the last two World Championships, earning bronze in both the recurve mixed team and recurve women’s team, and has also medalled at World Cups, World Games, Commonwealth Games and European Games, as well as the World Field Championships in 2018 where she took home silver.

Currently ranked number one in the UK, Kenilworth's Tom Hall was part of the team that secured the Olympic quota places in 2019 and was also a member of the bronze winning team at the Archery World Cup in 2018. He took up archery at Warwick University and went on to represent Great Britain at the World University Championships twice, as well as the World University Games.

Mark England, Team GB Chef de Mission for Tokyo 2020, commented: “I’d like to congratulate all six athletes on their selection to Team GB for Tokyo. It is quite unique to have a team made up of such a mix of experience – from an athlete set to participate in their fifth Olympic Games, to one who is taking a gap year from their university studies to focus on becoming an Olympian. That really is very exciting.

“As one of the first sports to get Team GB underway in Tokyo, we’re really looking forward to seeing the general public get behind each and every one of these athletes who will no doubt put on an inspirational display when they take to the field this summer.”

David Tillotson, Olympic Team Director, said: “Like all sports and athletes we have had to adapt to a delayed Games year and worked hard on our flexibility and resilience in these uncertain and complex times. With this very talented group of athletes, our Games ambitions remain firmly in place and we are resolved and excited to deliver performances that will cast a bright and inspiring light on British archery.

“Being on so early in the Games programme gives us a great opportunity to lead TeamGB off in a successful Olympic Games.”