Aiming for a bullseye at London Olympics
Aiming for a bullseye at London Olympics

If sporting talent runs in the genes, it is no wonder that Alice Ingley has become the top ranked female archer in Australia.

The 18-year-old prodigy, who picked up her first bow and arrow at the age of 12, said it was a running joke in her family that her flair for archery was something she inherited from her ancestors in Britain.

"We found out a few years ago that our family lineage traces back to Nottingham, where Robin Hood was from," she said.

"My father and both my older brothers are also keen archers, so maybe it is something that just runs in the family genes."

After just six years on the competitive circuit Ingley, who has three Australian Youth Olympic titles, is well on her way to securing a spot on the Australian team for the London Olympics next year.

"Most people who are competing on the world stage in archery are much older than me so I didn't think I would be considered for London because of my age," she said.

"I had my hopes on Rio for the 2016 Games, but now London has become a real possibility and I am really hoping it works out for next year."

Ingley, who was recruited by the Australian Institute of Sport at the age of 15, trained in Canberra for more than 2½ years before returning home in January to continue her Olympic selection preparations at Yokine Archery Club.

Today she will fly to London for an Olympic test event at Lord's Cricket Ground, the official venue for the Games' archery competition.

The West Australian

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