Larry Godfrey and Naomi Folkard kick off outdoor archery season in the Riom European Grand Prix

Archery_pictogramThe outdoor archery season proper kicks off tomorrow with the first arrows of the opening European Grand Prix in Riom, France.

As it’s the first season since the Olympic Games, those participating were always likely to be shaken up and 2013 is no exception, with a large batch of youngsters representing Great Britain. Experience is to be provided to from two archers that graced Lord’s Cricket Ground in July, Larry Godfrey and Naomi Folkard. World Archery has pinpointed the pair, particularly world number 14 Folkard, as two real hopefuls for the recurve titles. Nicky Hunt, who made the switch to recurve from compound in 2011 and finished seventh in the last Grand Prix event in Cyprus, also travels.

With all eyes on the three elder statesmen, it gives a number of fresh faces the chance to stake an early claim for a place at Rio 2016. All will be competing in the Olympic recurve category, with nobody representing Great Britain in the compound discipline. Olympic coaches Lloyd Brown and Graham Williams are leading the team.

Equipment checks and a welcome drink took place today, but the real action kicks off tomorrow, bright and early, with the qualification round at 9pm local time. The competition continues until Saturday, where Godfrey and Folkard will be hoping to put a mediocre home Olympics behind them. Live results will be updated on the official site.

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Entrants

Recurve Men
Glen Croft
Sean Evans
Larry Godfrey
Ashe Morgan
Andrew Randall
Kieran Slater

Recurve Women
Naomi Folkard
Nicky Hunt
Rebecca Martin
Bryony Pitman

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