Archers take aim at worlds

Archers Deonne Bridger and Robert Timms. Picture: Bruce Hunt   d435560
Archers Deonne Bridger and Robert Timms. Picture: Bruce Hunt d435560

Deonne Bridger and Robert Timms are considered the leading couple in Australian archery and now the sandgropers are about to take on the world.

For Bridger, already a two-time Olympian, the event will be an important qualification opportunity for next year�s Rio Olympics.

But there will be no Olympic incentive for Timms.

Unlike Bridger, who shoots a recurve bow, Timms is a compound archer, and that bow is not on the Olympic program.

But despite using different bows, Timms and Bridger train together at Archery Park in Whiteman Park, Caversham, an arrangement that has propelled the pair to the very top of their sport.

Bridger is considered by many to be the most outstanding Australian female archer of the modern era, having been to the 1996 and 2004 Olympic Games, as well as numerous World Championships and the Delhi Commonwealth Games.

Timms is currently Australia�s highest ranked compound archer.

Bridger did retire briefly after the 2004 Athens Olympics, but at the age of 42, has not considered retiring since.

�For me, I just haven�t achieved what I want to achieve yet, and I keep improving,� she said.

�I keep shooting better and better, so why quit when I�m shooting OK scores.

�I�ve always wanted to win that elusive Olympic medal, so hopefully next year might be the year.

�That�s what keeps me coming back.

�I really want to go to Rio. It would mean a lot. It would probably be the end of my career.�

Bridger�s passion for archery can�t be questioned.

She is currently the president of Archery WA, and helps organise fundraisers and community events.

�I love it, and I want the sport to succeed and grow,� she said.

�It is fun, that�s why I do it.�

Timms said the trip ahead for the World Championships would be the highlight of his career and to be going with his partner was a bonus.

�It�s one of my dreams I�ve had since I was 13, when I first joined the sport,� Timms said.

�We shoot together, we talk about things, we feed off each other.

�It�s our life.�

The 2015 World Championships begin in Copenhagen on July 26.