Alice Ingley’s Olympic story isn’t over yet, after the Australian Olympic Committee selected the Rio Olympian to fill out the four member Archery team.
The 28-year-old has represented Australia internationally since 2009 with her crowning achievements at the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore and her Olympic debut in Rio.
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Ingley’s experience in Rio has furthered her drive over the past five years, stating she has unfinished business with the Olympics.
“I am beyond happy and excited! It means so much to become a dual Olympian and to be able to share that with the entire support network that has helped me get to where I am today,” Ingley said.
“It’s amazing to make my second Olympic Team, with all the unknowns of postponements over the last year.
“It was difficult not to get overwhelmed and bogged down, but focus on what was within my control and use the extra time to improve and come out stronger for it.
“I always had a feeling of unfinished business after the Rio Olympics, heading into Tokyo I want to be able to pull out all the stops and perform to the best of my abilities, leave everything out there on the field.
“Along with my individual event it will be the first time that the mixed team will be introduced in the program, so I will be working closely with the men’s team and becoming in sync with them to be able to get the best result in Tokyo.”
Currently training in Europe, Ingley will attend a two week camp in Switzerland with the rest of the Archery team before heading to the games together.
Ingley’s using her recent performance at the Archery World Cup in France as a guide to how she is performing at international events.
“My performance in France was a real guide to how I am performing on a international scale, having not shot an international event in two years it was super exciting being back on the range again.
“I was able to shoot a personal best international score in my first ranking round event coming back in, which gives me a huge confidence boost and knowing I can go beyond that score for Tokyo.”
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Ian Chesterman, Chef de Mission for the Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo congratulated Ingley to the team praising the support she’s received from Archery Australia and her family.
“Congratulations to Alice on her selection to the Australian Olympic Team,” Chesterman said.
“This has been a long and difficult qualification process and Alice should be proud of her determination and performance to secure her selection to her second Olympics.
“After competing in the singles competition in Rio, Alice will also contest the mixed teams as the event makes its Olympic debut in Tokyo.
“Thank you to Archery Australia, and Alice’s family, friends, teammates and coaches who have supported Alice and helped her achieve this Olympic selection today. I look forward to seeing Alice and the rest of the archery team on the range in Tokyo.”
Graeme Rose, High-Performance Manager with Archery Australia commended Ingley’s determination to return to the Olympic stage.
“Alice’s selection is a testament to her resilience and determination to make the Australian Olympic Team for the Tokyo Games,” Rose said.
“All through the uncertainty and lockdowns we have experienced over the last 12 months, Alice’s focus hasn’t wavered and her selection for the team is a just reward for her perseverance.
“We are looking forward to seeing her compete in Tokyo in both the Individual and Mixed Teams events.”
Australian Archery Team
|Alice Ingley||Mixed Team & Individual||2nd (2016)|
|David Barnes||Men’s Team & Individual||2nd (2004)|
|Ryan Tyack||Men’s Team & Individual||2nd (2016)|
|Taylor Worth||Men’s Team & Individual||3rd (2012, 2016)|
The Archery competition is conducted from 23-31 July, at the Yumenoshima Park Archery Field.