Olympic star Wilson quits shooting

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Published: Friday 31st October 2014 by The News Editor

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Double trap Olympic gold medallist Peter Wilson has announced his retirement from competitive shooting.

Wilson, who won gold for Great Britain at the London 2012 Games, last represented British Shooting at the Al Ain World Cup in 2013 when he won gold.

Since then he has focused his attentions elsewhere – with one avenue seeing him take on the role of double trap coach for young British shooter James Dedman.

The 28-year-old said: “With regret I have decided to give up competitive Olympic double trap.

“Since having achieved the goals I set myself – world record, world number one, and Olympic gold – I have struggled to find a new incentive to compete.”

Wilson retires with not only an Olympic gold medal to his name but also three World Cup golds and one silver, as well as a European silver and junior gold.

Although he is calling an end to his competitive career, he insists he will still continue to work hard to improve the awareness of the sport he has grown to love.

Wilson, who also made the announcement on Twitter, added: “I am still passionate about all forms of shooting and will always be ready to do what I can to promote it to a wider audience.

“Olympic double trap has been very good to me and I am very grateful to everyone who has had a hand in my success but I would rather go out now, at the top after my most recent success in Al Ain, and move on to the next challenge.”

Hamish McInnes, chief executive of British Shooting, said: “Peter Wilson’s successes while representing British Shooting have been remarkable.

“His determination, dedication and attention to detail have made him a phenomenal athlete and we are proud that he represented our sport on the world stage.

“He may be stepping down from competitive shooting, but we look forward to continuing our relationship moving forward to ensure our sport continues to grow and become ever-more popular.”

Phil Scanlan, British Shooting’s team leader from London 2012, also paid tribute to Wilson.

He said: “Peter has been a great ambassador for the sport of shooting.

“His dedication and hard work have set a great example to the next group of shooters coming through and looking to follow in his footsteps.”

Published: Friday 31st October 2014 by The News Editor

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