New mum Naomi Folkard is lacking her child daughter Emily as she goals to finish Workforce GB’s archery medal drought simply 5 months after giving delivery
- Naomi Folkard begins her fifth Olympics within the early hours of Friday morning
- It comes simply 5 months after the British archer gave delivery to daughter Emily
- The archer is one in all Workforce GB’s rising group of moms out at Tokyo 2020
- She has needed to pump and freeze as much as 80 bottles of breast milk to maintain Emily fed
- Workforce GB haven’t received an archer medal since Alison Williamson at Athens 2004
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Naomi Folkard begins her fifth Olympics marketing campaign within the early hours of Friday morning – simply 5 months after giving delivery.
The archer is one in all Workforce GB’s rising group of moms right here in Tokyo, which incorporates cyclists Laura Kenny and Lizzie Deignan and rower Helen Glover.
However solely Folkard has welcomed a child into the world on this new Olympic 12 months – and he or she has needed to pump and freeze as much as 80 bottles of breast milk so her daughter Emily could possibly be fed whereas she is in Japan.
Naomi Folkard begins her fifth Olympics on Friday morning – simply 5 months after giving delivery
Folkard posted this image of her and daughter Emily earlier than she flew out to Tokyo
‘It is actually laborious being away,’ says Folkard, who shoots within the ladies’s particular person rating spherical earlier than Friday evening’s opening ceremony.
‘However me specializing in my archery and attempting to do the very best I can for my group will hopefully distract me from lacking her an excessive amount of.
‘It has been fairly loopy, this time of being a brand new mum and nonetheless competing. I had a birthing plan to assist me get well as shortly as doable afterwards with Tokyo in thoughts.
‘If the delivery had gone a bit tough and I needed to have a C-section, I would have needed to have three months off archery altogether after which Tokyo would have been unattainable.
‘However because it was, I first shot once more simply two weeks after Emily was born.
‘I’ll in all probability have time to consider what I’ve completed after the Olympics.. I’m not going to be competing for some time and I can put all my focus and a spotlight on her.’
Workforce GB haven’t received a medal in archery since Athens 2004, which was Folkard’s first Video games (pictured competing on the 2016 Rio Video games)
The 37-year-old hopes her story will encourage different athletes to have youngsters throughout their careers.
‘It undoubtedly is feasible,’ says Folkard. ‘I would hope that I can encourage different ladies to not put having youngsters off, as a result of I did. It could have been beautiful to have had Emily 10 years in the past.’
Workforce GB haven’t received a medal in archery since Alison Williamson’s bronze at Athens 2004, which was additionally Folkard’s first Video games.
She provides: ‘My greatest ambition is with our ladies’s group. On the World Championships two years in the past we received a bronze medal and I would love to try this on the Olympics.’