FOLKARD Naomi < Back  
Sport Archery
CGA England   
Gender Women
Born 18 Sep 1983 in Royal Leamington Spa, ENG
Height1.69 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Occupation Athlete, Coach
Languages English
Higher education Music Studies - Birmingham University: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She first tried the sport at age five at a family scout camp in England.
Why this sport? Her father joined an archery club and she went along with her mother and her brother James. By age 10 she was shooting competitively, and at age 12 she became a member of the British junior team. It was then she started to consider her potential in the sport.
Name of coach Richard Priestman [national], GBR
Handedness Right
General Interest
Hobbies Playing the piano, gardening. (Facebook profile, 06 Dec 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement Representing Great Britain at the Olympic Games in 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016. (olympians.org, 20 Jun 2019)
Most influential person in career Coaches June Farndon and Barry Farndon. (archerygb.org, 29 Apr 2016)
Hero / Idol Korean archer Park Sung-Hyun, Scottish snooker player Stephen Hendry, British rower Steve Redgrave. (archerygb.org, 29 Apr 2016)
Injuries She suffered a labral tear in her shoulder in October 2006. After carrying the problem for two years she underwent surgery in December 2008. She started shooting again in April 2009. (Athlete, 30 Aug 2010)
Famous relatives Her brother James was a member of the Great Britain national junior archery squad. Her parents Kathy and Denis competed in archery at county level in Great Britain. (Coventry Telegraph, 13 Nov 2007)
Other information RETIREMENT U-TURN
She was close to retiring from archery after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "I had a month off after Rio, but my boyfriend entered me into some competitions and I did quite well, then ended up winning a bronze medal at the 2017 World Championships [in Mexico City, Mexico]. I thought that was a good way to end my career and I didn't shoot for five months after that, but UK Sport offered me A-class based on that medal and I couldn't turn down that opportunity. I'm really glad I un-retired myself." (bbc.co.uk, 22 Apr 2021)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2016 she was elected to serve as field archery representative for the World Archery athletes' committee until 2020. In 2019 she was appointed chair of the committee, a position that was extended to 2022 as athlete representative elections were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (olympic.tm, 09 Jun 2020; worldarchery.org, 19 Jun 2019)

MUSICAL TALENT
She is an accomplished violinist and pianist, and has performed with the Birmingham University Orchestra in England. (Coventry Telegraph, 13 Nov 2007)