I tried it when I was at a family scout camp when I was 5 years old. I can’t remember it well, but I do believe that I thought it was weird and wasn’t particularly keen to do it again. However my dad loved it and soon after we got back home he investigated and joined our local club in Leamington Spa. Dad spent so much time down the field shooting that my mum, brother and myself started archery a year or so later.
I always shoot as best I can whatever the competition. Obviously the London Olympics is a special event, but it’s pointless to me to pile extra pressure on myself, so all I can do is prepare as best I can for it and then when the time comes to compete there, I will just enjoy shooting great arrows.
Neither situation would lead to good shooting from me, so I will behave the same as I would at any other event.
I became a full time archer after I graduated in 2005. However I would not call archery a career – one day I will grow up and do something a little more sensible with better long term! After London I will train part time and set myself up as a private violin and piano teacher. I have also started studying mathematics with Open University and I would like to continue with this through to getting a degree.
I spent a lot of time practicing my instruments and archery, which didn’t really leave enough time for the rest of my studies. A lot of time was expected to be spent self studying in the library which wasn’t my thing. My tutors were supportive enough and the Munroe sport centre allowed me to use the gym for free which was great.
I don’t recall much criticism.The best venue I will ever shoot at was in Panatheniko Stadium in Athens. I felt like a gladiator. This could never be created in London. However Lord’s as a venue is much better than the venue in Beijing, which was a specially built construction and was demolished immediately after the competition had finished. There the seating started well above eye level so it had no atmosphere from the crowd and it just felt cold and thankless.Lords is not ideal as the nursery isn’t big enough to hold the number of practice bosses which will be required. However the important thing is the competition. Lords is a world renown venue and has a great prestige. I know the Indian team are excited to compete there. Temporary seating will be built over the grass at Lords, which will not detract from the venue as the seating will be low lying and you will still be able to see the media centre and the special architecture on the outside of the Long Room and changing rooms.I know that the crowd will be excited to watch sport whatever the sport and in the case of archery it will be just the same. In the end it is the crowd, the volunteers and the archers that make the competition a success, not a venue.
In Beijing we were so close to a bronze medal. We have improved a lot since then, however so has everybody else, of course. We will do everything we can to prepare and in the end, all we can do is do our best.
Not a lot of free time. I have one day off a week. I like to spend time with my family, my parents have a dog (we never had a pet any better than a hamster when I was young) so I love to fuss Bessie and take her out walking. I also spend time reading, painting, practicing my music and gardening. During the spring and summer I spend about an hour in the garden every day that I’m at home, I find it so diverting and relaxing, even if it’s just a bit of weeding.
As I previously said violin and piano teacher, perhaps a mathematics teacher.
One Word Answers
Favourite Colour: Purple
Favourite Food: Anything with pasta, especially lasagne
Favourite Type of Music: Debussy
Favourite TV Program: Big Bang Theory
Biggest Inspiration: Miss Park
Best Memory in Archery: Walking down the tunnel and out into the Panatheniko Stadium
I’d like to wish Naomi all the best for the future and thank her and her team for their recent cooperation.
Watch Naomi in action against Charlotte Burgess!