London 2012 disappointment drives archer Nicky Hunt

Britain's Commonwealth champion Nicky Hunt has said failure to make the team for last year's Olympics will intensify her desire to reach Rio 2016.

Hunt, 28, switched from compound to recurve bow in 2010 in pursuit of London 2012 qualification.

"It was always going to be tight to make London," she told BBC Sport.

GB archers at the Olympics

Alison Williamson

Great Britain have never done better than bronze since Olympic archery became a regular event in 1972.

Alison Williamson (pictured) was the last British medallist, taking bronze at Athens 2004.

Simon Terry took bronze at Barcelona 1992 and the GB men's team claimed third at the same games as well as Seoul four years earlier.

"I did the best I could and have no regrets with that. And it's already given me a two-year advantage going into Rio."

Hunt was number one in the world in compound, but the event does not have Olympic status so the Ipswich archer has focused on the recurve bow.

She finished 2012 ranked sixth in Britain and just missed out on the team for this month's World Championships.

But with the help of UK Sport funding, the double Commonwealth Games gold medal winner has been able to take time off from her job as a physiotherapist to focus full-time on archery.

"I was very lucky to be able to transfer into the programme," she said.

"If we hadn't had a home Olympics perhaps we wouldn't have had the funding for me to be able to make that transition at that time.

"When I was world number one in compound I was working full-time. I shot in the evenings and did nothing else.

"Now I'm a full-time athlete and UK Sport's funding has been massive and I couldn't do it without my local sponsors in Ipswich."