Archery champ sees gold again

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COMMONWEALTH archery champion Nicky Hunt said opening a new £1.3 million sports centre in Thurston was more nerve-racking than collecting her two gold medals in Delhi.

The Olympic hopeful, who lives in Suffolk, was celebrating another gold as she opened a new Sports Education Centre at Thurston Community College – this time the gold is on a plaque in her honour at the entrance to the building.

“It’s more nerve-racking standing up here than it was receiving my two gold medals in Delhi. But I do feel incredibly honoured to be asked by Thurston Community College to officially open the new centre,” she said.

“My advice to all the students is to set goals and stick to them. The hard work will eventually pay off.”

The 25-year-old has been busy training for next year’s games, where she hopes to be on target for more medal success.

“My training is going really well. I’ve changed my bow as a different one is used at the Olympics and everything is going according plan.

“Competing in Britain will be fantastic, especially as the archery is taking place at Lords cricket grounds,” she said.

The new centre, which opened on Thursday, includes an extensive new fitness suite with gym equipment worth £70,000 donated by Lifefitness. It provides the college vital space for teaching GCSE and A-level PE.

Harry Turner, student and sports committee chairman said: “The new centre is important to us students as PE is such a big subject here. The centre is an inspirational environment.”

The building is also open out of school hours for community use and is now fully accessible for disabled users.

Helen Wilson, principal at the college, said: “We aim to ensure that the facility is widely used by both the college and its community.”