Peter Wilson MBE

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Peter Wilson was triumphant at the 2012 Summer Olympics, taking gold in the men’s Double Trap event; he scored 188 out of a possible 200 hits. He is also the current world record holder for the event, gunning down 198 (of 200) at a World Cup event in Arizona during 2012.

 

 

Early Life

Peter was born in Dorset and raised on his parent’s farm. He took up shooting at his father’s suggestion after he suffered nerve damage to his shoulder in a snowboarding accident which left him unable to play squash and cricket.

He went to The Arts University College at Bournemouth (formerly Arts Institute at Bournemouth), in the large coastal town of Poole in Dorset, where he studied Graphic Design.

Shooting Success

Within four months of trying shooting at the Bisley Ranges, Peter Wilson became the 2006 European Junior Champion at the tournament in Slovenia.

In 2008, he attended the 2008 Summer Olympics as part of Great Britain’s Olympic Ambition Programme to expose possible future Olympians to the Olympic experience.

Following budget cuts by UK Sport following the lack of shooting medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Wilson’s funding was removed completely and he was required to fund his shooting expenses which amount to nearly £10,000 a year. He tried to work in a pub as a barman, but found that the night shifts conflicted with his shooting practice. He raised funds, along with the rest of the British shooting team, by running fundraising events.

Record Holder and Olympic Success

Peter Wilson finished in fourth place at the 2011 European Shooting Championships in Belgrade with a score of 191 in the final. However, the British team came second overall, earning Wilson a silver medal alongside Stevan Walton and Richard Faulds. At a World Cup event held in Tucson, Arizona in 2012, Wilson set a new world record for the double trap. He scored 198 out of a possible 200 in the final, beating the previous record of 196.

Having warmed up at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, in the test event for the Olympic venue, on 28 May, Wilson was named part of the British team at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He won gold, scoring 188 out of a possible 200 hits.

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