WILLS Alan < Back  
Sport Archery
CGA England   
Gender Men
Born 03 Aug 1981
Height1.79 m
Weight 84 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence England
Occupation Athlete
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He started the sport at age 14 at Sellafield Archery Club in Cumbria, England.
Why this sport? He took up the sport because he 'just likes shooting things'.
Club / Team Sellafield Archery Club: England
Name of coach Peter Dong Eun-Suk
Handedness Right
General Interest
Nicknames Willsy. (World Archery, 16 Jul 2012)
Hobbies Golf, cars and socialising. (World Archery, 16 Jul 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning a gold medal at the 2010 World Field Archery Championships. (telegraph.co.uk, 12 Aug 2011)
Injuries He has suffered from an ongoing shoulder problem. (People's Daily, 11 Oct 2007)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Prepare to work hard and be in it for the long haul because success doesn't just happen overnight, it takes years and years and years and years." (timeout.com, 17 Aug 2011)
Ambitions To win a medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (British Olympic Association, 09 May 2012)
Other information TEMPERAMENTAL
He is sometimes known as 'the most dangerous man in archery' because of his temper. (The Telegraph, 12 Aug 2011)

FULLTIME
In 2007 he decided to give up his day job as a carpenter and concentrate on archery full-time. "I was doing an eight-hour day at work, then going home, practising, and my body was tired," he said. "I had the opportunity through funding to go full-time and thought I just had to go for it - so I did." (BBC Sport, 21 Nov 2007)

FROM FIELD TO TARGET
He switched from field archery [where archers shoot at targets at various distances, often over rough terrain and woodland] to target archery because he felt the quality of competition was better and he wanted the incentive of taking part in the Olympic Games. "I was the world number one field archer, but felt I needed a new challenge," he said. (BBC Sport, 21 Nov 2007)