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Belfast archer fulfils ‘dream’ by representing Team GB at 2024 Paris Olympics

Belfast archer fulfils ‘dream’ by representing Team GB at 2024 Paris Olympics

Campbell College alumnus Conor Hall will make his Olympic debut in Paris when the games officially begin on July 26.

Born in Belfast, the 28-year-old took up the sport during his first year at Belfast secondary school in 2007.

In 2021, he became the first European mixed team field archery champion, along with Bryony Pitman, at the 2021 European Field Championships in Croatia.

According to Archery GB, Conor, who is a member of Bowbrook Archers, currently has an average of 9.1453 arrows with 12 wins from 23 matches. He is ranked 105th in the world.

His journey to Paris began last year after he became the British Target Champion. Aside from archery, Hall currently lives in Burton-on-Trent where he works as a safety engineer.

“It’s a dream of mine to be a member of Team GB and I can’t wait to go to Paris, I’m really looking forward to it. With qualifying so late, it’s actually been a good thing as we’re still on the up as we head towards the Games,” he said.

“I would love a team medal with the guys, that would be amazing. There are 12 teams competing so we definitely have a chance.

“I started archery at Campbell College when I was 11. They were very supportive and we have one of the best coaches in Audrey Needham.

“The school has already produced two Olympic archers, myself and Patrick Huston, who competed in Rio and Tokyo.”

Joining Conor on the men’s recurve team are fellow Olympic debutants Alex Wise and Tom Hall, who competed at Tokyo 2020.

The women’s recurve team is made up of Bryony Pitman, who will also be competing in her second Olympics after representing Team GB at Tokyo 2020.

Two other Games debutants include 19-year-old Penny Healey and 16-year-old Megan Havers.

All six athletes will compete individually and also as part of a team.

Archery made its Olympic debut in the early 1900s, but was absent from the games from 1920 until 1970, when the World Archery Federation campaigned for its return.

The Paris 2024 Olympics are set to kick off with more than 10,000 athletes from over 200 countries competing for glory across 32 sports and nearly 300 events.

This is the third time that the City of Light has hosted the sports tournament.