Mental strength the key for Amy

Sure shot: Amy Oliver says mental training has been the key component in her success.
Sure shot: Amy Oliver says mental training has been the key component in her success.

Swinton archer Amy Oliver says toughening up her mental attitude was the key to her success after landing a bronze medal at the World Championships in Turin.

Amy, along with shooting partner Larry Godfrey, came third in the mixed team event at the Championships, beating a Polish team 147-139 in a third-place shoot-off.

Writing on her website, Amy – who now has her sights set firmly on next year’s London Olympic Games – said she felt her shooting had improved this year.

And while refining her technique had contributed to this, Amy said it was not the key factor in her success.

She explained: “I don’t think it has much to do with the technique change but the confidence in myself and the belief that I can be one of the best.

“My dad is a brilliant motivator and every time I speak to him about my archery, he always seems to make me want to work harder.

“We were also chatting about my mental programme and how much I have had to work on it to make it right for me.”

She added: “We were both over the moon with our result and it was a fantastic feeling to have brought home a medal from the World Championships.”