Interview with Kingswood-born Olympian Larry Godfrey (part 2)

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By matt_2009 | Friday, September 07, 2012, 08:58

Following Team GB's great success at the London Olympics, Kingswood-born archer Larry Godfrey talked to his employer, Rolls-Royce PLC, in Bristol, about the slings and arrows of his Olympic experience.

Did you get to go along to any other events as a spectator/supporter?

"We finished half way through the games so we had 7 or 8 days to fill. I attended some events and went around London a bit and the atmosphere was fantastic with everyone supporting Team GB and the Olympics as a whole and flags waving everywhere you went.

I did get to see Usain Bolt in the 200m final in the Olympic stadium which was pretty special and is something I will always remember."

Did you get to mingle with the other team GB members?

"I don't know any of them personally but I met a few. A highlight was meeting Sir Chris Hoy and some of the other big names from team GB. We all train in different parts of the country so don't all know each other."

Did you go to the Opening or Closing ceremonies?

"We were warned that the Opening ceremony would end late and we had to compete at 9am the next morning so we decided not to attend. I did go along to the Closing ceremony which was a fantastic experience and as athletes we were right in the middle of it all and very close to all the stars. We were right alongside the Spice Girls and I met Russell Brand – only very briefly."

Will you take a lot from these Olympic Games?

"The competition side of the Olympic Games was still just another tournament which is why I shot so well but the whole Olympic experience was great. Being in London, staying in the Olympic village, walking around and getting so much support from everyone you met and feeling the whole city alive and up for the Olympic games was truly magical."

Are you tempted to try to qualify for Brazil in 2016?

"There are so many things to take into consideration but I am not ruling it out. After three Olympic cycles, which is 12 years of my life, I do need to spend a bit more time with my fiancée, family and friends. We also plan to get married sometime next year, having put it on hold while I was training for London. I am still going to shoot because I love archery. It also depends on what happens with work whether I can go back possibly to part-time etc. If I am injury free and shooting the way I am at the moment – World ranked 7th, European ranked 2nd then I don't see what I wouldn't try to qualify for Rio in 2016."

Are your family supportive for you to continue?

"It has been difficult for my fiancée because I am away a lot at work, training and competitions but she has been brilliant. My dad still comes down to support me when I go training in Downend. In fact he used to manage Technical Publications here at Filton – he's been retired 11 years now. Granddad worked here and an uncle so it feels like a family business working here. I'm the sole survivor at the moment but my daughter has started to show some interest in Engineering so you never know."

We recently reported on another archer within Rolls-Royce who has been doing well at the junior level – do you know Jake Bunce?

"Yes, we both train at the same club in fact I've know him since he was a toddler. Jake is a second year Services apprentice here at Rolls-Royce and he had a great season winning Gold as part of the Great Britain Compound team in the Junior European Archery Championships in Denmark in July with a score only 2 points off the European record.

Anything you want to say to your supporters?

"Thanks to everyone for all the support – work, family, friends and Nuffield Health who sponsored me with gym membership. One day hopefully I can repay everyone's support with a medal!"

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Larry Godfrey won the men's archery recurve event at Great Britain's National Series on the last Sunday in August. This was a first for Larry and it sets him up well for the World Cup Grand Final in Tokyo at the end of September.

"Winning this title is a timely boost, and now I can concentrate on finishing the year strongly with a good performance in Tokyo - I can't wait, because I've had a great year, and was so disappointed I couldn't reflect that at Lord's."



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