Archer aiming for Rio after qualifying effort
ARCHERY: Ryan Tyack missed out on the 2012 Olympics by a point but his coach and mother Lynette is adamant that will not happen again after the 24-year-old helped Australia secure a team position for Rio earlier this week.
Tyack starred in the teams event at the Copenhagen 2015 World Archery Championships, helping secure Australia a place at next year's Olympics and will press his claims in the individual division later this week.
But Tyack's place in the three-man team is not assured with selections granted at the distraction of Archery Australia over the comings months. Although the sharp-shooters coach reckons he is a near certainty.
"There is a selection criteria, but all going to plan I would say yes, he will be there," Lynette said.
"The (Australian) coach has the three of them training really well together so I would be surprised if they would want to interfere with that.
"He is a proven performer and there is quite a big gap between the Australians and the other competitors."
Tyack's heart was broken before the London Games when he missed out on wearing the green and gold on a count-back, despite earning Australia the individual place at the Olympics.
Lynette said she could not bear to watch her son revisit that sort of pain again.
"We won't be having that again and it was a pretty big process that he had to go through in order to continue with his career," she said.
"It was a rather big blow and for a short period of time, about five days, he contemplated finishing his career.
"But he missed it too much and loves it and has gone on to have so many achievements."
But the current indoor world champion and last year's Sunshine Coast Sports Star of the Year is not the only Coast archer in the mix for Olympic selection with training partner Semra Lingard also a chance to help secure Australia an individual place at the Olympics.
Lingard's Australia women's team struggled this week and failed to secure a team position at the Games.
However Lynette, who also trains Lingard, said she was confident the young archer would be selected for Rio after a strong performance this week.
"Semra will likely seal the individual spot and is streaks ahead of the other females," she said.
"She went really well in the team's event but was part of an underperforming team."