AMY Oliver believes she can recover from a disappointing ranking round on the opening day of the Olympic Games.
Before the torch had been lit, Amy from Swinton, but who now lives at Bolton-upon-Dearne, was competing at Lord’s to determine who she’ll face in the first round.
However, after finishing 57th with 608 points she’ll take on Deepika Kumari from India on August 1 who ended the day with a score of 662. Amy, aged 25, believes home advantage will help her: “We shot against them in the team round in the Commonwealth Games. She’s a really good archer but anything can happen on the day. I have the home crowd on my side. I have my mum and dad and my boyfriend, my aunty will be here too.
“It will be a really nice experience. All I’ll do is try my best, shoot my best and stay in the mental programme I’ve been practicing.”
Despite not showing any nerves it wasn’t a smooth Olympic debut for Amy. Midway through the round she had to swap bows and feeling a problem with the one she had selected in the morning.
She said: “I didn’t feel that nervous to be honest. I thought it would be really nerve-wracking and everything but I felt well prepared. I shot my blue bow because I was in between bows all week so I thought I’d shoot that one today.
“But then halfway through the round I found out the button that goes against the bow and then arrow plunges against that when it leaves the bow felt a bit sticky.
“I knew it wasn’t working correctly so I had to change bows halfway through. It’s not a big problem because I know both bows are okay.
“After that I felt they were going where I was aiming them. I felt like I shot really well so I knew it wasn’t me.”
Amy and the rest of the British squad will play Russia in the team event tomorrow morning.