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Olympic shooting hero Peter Wilson plans time off before plotting Rio 2016 path

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

GOLD GLORY: Peter Wilson is hoping for time away from the range before planning on repeating his London 2012 Double Trap success in Brazil in 2016. Picture by Laura Jones

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OLYMPIC hero Peter Wilson has targeted time away from the range to allow his achievements to sink in before he starts planning to repeat the feat in 2016.

The farmer's son from Glanvilles Wootton shot to fame at London 2012 when he justified his pre-Games billing as Double Trap favourite by claiming gold.

He is yet to make a competitive return, with the opening event of the 2013 calendar scheduled for March. However, Wilson - who uses Southern Counties in Evershot as his home range - said he was in no rush to plot his four-year path to Rio glory as he comes to terms with the biggest moment of his career to date.

The 26-year-old said: "We are making waves towards planning for next year. There are plans afoot to start preparing for next year, the year after and the year after that.

"Next year isn't as important as when we get closer and closer to the Olympics so I have already spoken to my parents and my coach about where we want to go.

"I need a bit of time to really realise what I have done and if I am perfectly honest it still feels like people are being really nice to me. I haven't quite realised that I am an Olympic gold medallist and I don't think the idea of some time off would be a bad one.

"I have said to our performance director that I need time to assess my future and I want to be able to realise what I have done first before I start planning for the future."

The 6ft 6ins shooter has had little time to put his feet up after his summer success, finding himself inundated with invites to events ranging from England Test cricket matches and computer game launches to film premieres and The Pride of Britain Awards.

Next month he will attend the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Awards, ranked as an 1000-1 outsider to win by bookmakers Victor Chandler.

Wilson said he was relishing the opportunity to attend events, but said it was time alone at home that made him realise how far he had come from funding his shooting by working in a local pub.

"It is only when you get to do nothing and just sit back to relax that you realise you're a gold medallist," he said.

"I have got piles and piles of fan mail to answer which I think is insane for me to be saying because under normal circumstances and every day situations you would never have that. But because of the Olympics being a huge competition it happens. I want to get round to talk to everyone.

"It is in those moments that it hits home. Don't get me wrong, the Olympic Ball and BBC Sports Personality Of The Year is going to be quite something and I am really looking forward to it. My dad has even been invited to the Sports Personality Of The Year and he can't wait.

"Those events are really special but what makes you really realise you have won is the days of doing nothing, or answering fan mail or doing more mundane tasks like walking the dogs around the farm or getting the cows in.

"You let your mind wander back to that moment where you drop to your knees having won the Olympic Games in London. You think 'I actually did it'.

"The only time I felt like I had really done it was when I was in the shower, I looked across and I was on the front of a shooting magazine. I haven't had that moment of real buzz since where the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.

"I don't know when that will happen but I hope it will happen sooner rather than later because I want to get on and prepare for Rio."

Wilson - who set a Double Trap world record in March by missing just two targets from 200 - admitted life was busy, but would never change it.

He said: "What shooting and the Olympics has done is throw up a completely different world and it is a world I am thoroughly enjoying.

"I am loving it, I would never complain and I am always having to pinch myself. One of the things I have enjoyed is going down to Dorchester to see the hospital where I was born.

"You see children with terminal illnesses, living through things you hope nobody would ever have to, doing it with a smile on their face.

"We should always appreciate what we have instead of what we don't have."

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