BEFORE whatever Danny Boyle treats the world to tonight at the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, Swinton’s Amy Oliver will have taken a big step to deciding her medal fate.
Shooting 72 arrows this afternoon at Lord’s Nursery Ground will determine who the 25-year-old will take on in the first round.
When the scores are totted up the archers are ranked one through to 64 with the top meeting the lowest and so on.
Oliver will be South Yorkshire’s first Olympian in London after Doncaster’s Danny Rose was part of the men’s football squad in Manchester last night.
It’s unlikely that to warm up in the Olympic village she’ll be going through her usual routine of shooting into a board three yards away in her home.
She said it’s a rare pleasure as she spends most of her time travelling to tournaments.
“I do have a board in the dining room and I’ll shoot at that in the morning before going out into the cold,” she said. “I live out of a suitcase really and I don’t seem to be in any one place for any long period of time. It’s hard work but I’m a professional archer. It’s hard work and a long process but it’ll be worth it when I walk out at Lord’s.”
Oliver is the youngest member of the women’s team. However, Michael Peart, who is first reserve for the men’s squad, says she could be a surprise medallist: “You look at any of our recent success and Amy is at the heart of it. She’s a strong team member for sure. She proved that at the selection shoot. Most times if you ask an athlete they’ll say they’ll come here and do their best and the outcome is out of their control.
“As part of the team I don’t think their world ranking truly reflects their ability at the moment.
“There could be a shock. Strong potential. Individually if she has her best day she’s good enough to beat anyone.”