BOWING OUT: Semra Ferguson, left, is unlikely to have another shot at making an Olympics after a tribunal ruled in favour of the selectors who left her out of the Australian team.
BOWING OUT: Semra Ferguson, left, is unlikely to have another shot at making an Olympics after a tribunal ruled in favour of the selectors who left her out of the Australian team. Brett Wortman

Coast archer’s Olympic dreams are dashed

ARCHERY: Heartbroken Sunshine Coast archer Semra Ferguson is unlikely to have another shot at making an Olympics, after an independent tribunal ruled in favour of the selectors who left her out of the 2016 Australian team.

Despite a performance in an Oceanic Olympic qualifier earlier this year which bagged Australia one women's spot for Rio, selectors decided to go with Western Australia's Alice Ingley, who is ranked 328th in the world.

Ferguson is ranked 114th.

Her mother Lexie has spoken of the tears and stressful days that surrounded the appeal.

She said the family had received plenty of support from Semra's fellow Sunshine Coast club members, including coach Lynette Tyack- Rankin, whose son Ryan was selected to represent Australia at August's Games.

"I think (Semra) would be very unlikely to try for another Olympics," Mrs Ferguson said. "If you've ticked all the boxes, met all of the selection criteria, performed well overseas, what more can you do?

"She's been doing this for years and Rio was her goal.

"In my eyes she's already a champion."

Mrs Ferguson said the family was advised by its legal team not to challenge the ruling in the Court of Arbitration for Sport due to the astronomical cost and its inability to overturn the decision. She expects her daughter will take a break from the sport for now.

Archery Australia CEO Jim Larven told the Daily that Ferguson had not ticked all the boxes.

"She had to get a qualifying score to be selected automatically but she didn't. No woman did meet that (mark) so then it became discretionary."

He said Ingley had largely out-pointed Ferguson during the past six months, particularly when they were at the same tournaments and camps, persuading selectors to choose the former.

"When you compare their performances over the selection events there was a clear indication where the future was going," he said.

He said the world rankings were "silly" because points can be gained in varying weather conditions and isolated events and that "face-to- face" competition in the same arena is a much more accurate way to compare archers.

Meanwhile, it's all systems go for Sunshine Coast Archery Club's star shooter, Ryan Tyack, who is preparing for the Games. The boy who started archery when his mother suggested he stopped playing so many video games hasn't been without his own Olympic heartbreak, missing London 2012 due to sickness. He joins Taylor Worth and Alec Potts in the team.


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