Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 16°C

Search

Michael Peart rules out Rio 2016 bid

PUBLISHED: 17:43 15 October 2012

Ipswich archer Michael Peart

Ipswich archer Michael Peart

FFTA

Michael Peart has ruled out Rio 2016 after announcing his retirement from top-flight archery – but could still make it to Brazil after coaching in Bhutan.

The multiple national champion, from Ipswich, was a Team GB reserve at the London Olympics after narrowly missing out on selection.

The 36-year-old has since given up on his Olympic dream as a competitor, but revealed he could still be flying out to Rio in four years’ time as a coach or reporter.

At London 2012 he was an archery correspondent at Lord’s Cricket Ground for LOCOG, while last month he spent two weeks coaching 100 keen archers in Bhutan.

“It was great to finally make the Olympics, even though I was a reporter,” he said.

“It wasn’t hard watching them compete at all; I really enjoyed it.

“I’ve done a lot of media work and then I was out coaching at Bhutan.

“It was a very interesting two weeks. We were expecting around 20 students but 100 turned up on the first day.

“Everyone there is archery mad. The local villages play against each other and even the king and prime minister shoot too.

“Bhutan has archery as its national sport but they shoot to their rules, not the international rules.”

Bhutan have never medalled at the Olympics and before the London Games had only competed in archery.

“Bhutan normally only has one athlete in the Olympic Games and it’s always an archer,” added the former world number two compound archer.

“They only know the traditional side of it so we split them into three groups and taught them the modern way of shooting, such as the correct shooting distance and scoring system

“There is a four-year plan and I’m hoping to help them out again.

“It was fantastic and I really enjoyed it but it was very hard work actually. I worked 7am-7pm and only had one afternoon off.”

Peart, who also reported from last month’s World Archery World Cup, maintains he will continue to compete for his club Essex & Suffolk.

But the former multiple national record holder, who is also looking to become a self-employed coach, admits there will always be one regret to reflect on.

“It’s mainly the younger athletes getting the medals now so it’s maybe time for new challenges,” he added.

“I am going to stop training full-time as a professional. I think I am always going to shoot but I’m stepping away from top-level competitions.

“My only regret is not competing at the Olympics. But you can’t control the journey.

“If you are only doing it for the success, chances are you won’t get it.

“There is more failure than success. Even the most successful can’t win them all.

“I have learned more from my failures than successes.”

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Ipswich Town fans have shown their disgust for a billboard in the town showing off Norwich City’s new home kit - by attempting to tear it down.

Ipswich Town’s pre-season preparations continue tomorrow with a friendly match at League One side Gillingham.

Nottingham Forest have reportedly had a £2m bid for striker Daryl Murphy accepted by Newcastle United.

Ipswich Town take on Gillingham in their fourth pre-season friendly of the summer tomorrow. Here’s all you need to know ahead of the game at Priestfield.

Ex-Ipswich Town boss George Burley believes Mick McCarthy faces a simple decision regarding homegrown talent this season – either give them a fair chance to develop or send them out on loan.

Impressive young midfielder Flynn Downes has signed a new three-year deal at Portman Road.

Ipswich Town striker target John Marquis has signed a new deal with Doncaster Rovers.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says he is happy to go into the new season with a reduced squad size.

Ipswich Town continued their unbeaten pre-season last night with a 3-1 win at Peterborough United, in which a couple of new signings saw their first action in a Town shirt.

Ipswich Town recorded a 3-1 win at League One side Peterborough United last night. STUART WATSON reports on 120-minutes of pre-season action at London Road.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24