JUNE 20 - BRITAIN'S archery team for the Beijing Olympics will be led by Alison Williamson, making her fifth appearance in the Games, and Simon Terry (pictured), completing a remarkable return to the sport, it was announced today.


Williamson, a 36-year-old from Shropshire, made her debut in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona and won a bronze medal in Athens four years ago.


Terry, a 33-year-old from Grantham picked up two bronzes in Barcelona 16 years ago in the team and individual events but then retired having been taking part in the sport since the age of nine.


He returned in 2004 and within a year was competing for a place on the international squad, and has been a regular in the British team for two years.


Terry, a lorry driver, finished eight in the Good Luck Beijing event in Beijing last August, a test event for the Olympics.


Williamson said: "I'm absolutely delighted to have qualified, and very honoured to think I will have represented my country at five Olympic Games. 


"Going to the Olympics is the pinnacle, and I am just as motivated now as I was when I went to my first Games in Barcelona back in 1992. 


"You might say that winning the bronze medal four years ago was as good as it gets, but I don't see it like that, I am the kind of person who always sets myself new targets and fresh challenges."


Terry said: “I'm absolutely delighted I've made it to Beijing. 


"It's been a tough process, with a few ups - such as coming fourth at last year's World Championships, and a few downs, like a dip in form earlier this year, which started to cause concern. But it's all started to come right at the right time, and I can't wait now to get out to Beijing."


Williamson and Terry are joined by Larry Godfrey, fourth in Athens in 2004 after missing the bronze medal by just one point, and Alan Willis in the men's event and Charlotte Burgess and Naomi Folkard in the women's.


Three men and three women will compete in the individual and team competitions in Beijing. 


Godfrey, a 32-year-old from Bristol, was once described in The Times as the 'Kevin Pietersen of archery' for his flamboyant character and approach to archery, said: "It doesn't get any better than going to the Olympic Games and qualifying ends four years of hard work.


"But the hard work doesn't end there, there's lots more ahead in the countdown to Beijing, but I am really thrilled to be going, and can't wait to get started."


Willis, a 26-year-old carpenter from Cumbria who won a bronze medal in the World Cup Grand Final in Dubai last year, said:  "I'm just so pleased and so relieved to have got my place. 


"This is everything I've worked for, and all the sacrifices and hard work has now paid off.


"It's a fantastic feeling."


Burgess, a 21-year-old from Stockport, narrowly missed qualifying for Athens.


Since then she has been a member of the highly successful recurve team that won a bronze medal at last year's World Championships, and has also been successful at World Cup tournaments winning the gold medal in events in both 2007 and 2008.


She said: "It's fantastic, it's a dream come true.


"I really did dream that one day I would go to the Olympics, and now I'm going.


"It's wonderful.


"I took up archery as a 10 year old, 11 years ago, and coming through this selection process and clinching a place in Beijing is just so exciting."


Folkard, a 24-year-old music student at Birmingham University, hopes the spirit in the team will lead to success in Beijing.


She said: "We all get on so well together, we're really good friends, we train together, and have a really good rapport."


Team GB Chef de Mission Simon Clegg said: "The squad has a great mix of first time Olympians and others with a wealth of experience, particularly Alison Williamson who is competing at her fifth Olympic Games, a fantastic achievement in itself.


"I am sure that they will be looking to build upon their recent successes, both individually and in the team events, and I wish them well in their final preparations for Beijing.''


Hilda Gibson, archery's team leader in Beijing, said: "I am absolutely thrilled for all six archers who will be going to Beijing.


"They have worked so hard over the past few years and going to the Olympic Games is a just reward for all their efforts.


"have no doubt that all six will be very competitive individually, and as teams, both the men and women will provide formidable opposition.”