Nicky Hunt carries the torch for the Olympics

International archer Nicky Hunt represented her country by being a torch bearer when the Olympic Torch Relay came to Ipswich on 5th July 2012.

Barker Gotelee has always supported Nicky and would like to wish her every success in the upcoming Olympic Games. The firm supported Nicky with a sponsorship deal in 2011, which enabled Nicky to compete at the European Indoor Championships in Cambrils, Spain. Despite Nicky’s amazing season, which included winning double gold at the Commonwealth Games, she didn’t have the necessary funds to enter the event. Nicky told BBC Radio Suffolk: “I need £1,200 to represent my country. I desperately need someone to help me for the European Indoors in March. If I don’t find a sponsor to send me then I don’t go, it’s as simple as that.” Luckily, local solicitors Barker Gotelee, answered the athlete’s prayers after hearing her plea on the news.

Based in Martlesham Heath, Barker Gotelee takes pride in being part of the local community and jumped at the chance to help out a local girl, who is a member of Deben Archery Club in Suffolk. Said Nicky at the time, “Barker Gotelee helping me attend the Indoor European Championships is fantastic news and will make a big difference in my preparation towards 2012. I will be shooting the compound bow at this competition to maintain and improve my mental game whilst I get up to speed with the recurve discipline.” The transition from compound archery, of which Nicky currently ranks female number one, to recurve archery, will give Nicky the chance to compete in the Games as only the recurve discipline is featured in the Olympics.

As torch bearer, Nicky ran the last leg into Christchurch Park in Ipswich, and over 11,000 spectators cheered as she lit the cauldron. She described the experienced as ‘incredible’.  “It was just an amazing experience, and one of the best days of my life,” said the 27-year-old. “I didn’t realise, or even expect, how big an occasion it would be, but running into Christchurch Park, then lighting the cauldron in front of thousands of people was something I will never forget. It was easily on par with winning the two Commonwealth Games gold medals and carrying the flag into the stadium at the closing ceremony in Delhi.”

We are delighted to continually support Nicky and wish her lots of success.

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