Alison Williamson announces retirement

Alison Williamson, six-time Olympian and member of the Great Britain archery team for over 20 years, has announced her retirement.

The Rio 2016 Olympics would be a record-breaking seven Games for the archer, but she has made the decision to retire from shooting competitively, though she has stated she hopes to stay involved with the sport. She will now be able to devote more time to her day job as a primary school teacher, while continuing to coach at grassroots level and working with the Energize program in the Midlands to introduce youngsters into the aport.

She said, “Archery is a fantastic activity and that’s why I love being a part of it.

“It has been an amazing journey. But I just can’t continue to dedicate the hours that are needed any more.”

She went on in her statement to thank all of the coaches, family, team-mates and friends that have supported her.

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