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Peter Wilson keen to see London 2012 Olympics leave lasting legacy

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: January 03, 2013

  • GOLD GLORY: Peter Wilson celebrates becoming London 2012 Double Trap champion on the podium.

  • TELEVISION TEST: Peter Wilson prepares for the canoeing stage of Superstars, broadcast over the festive period.

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AFTER achieving two lifelong dreams in the space of months, Peter Wilson MBE will take time to rediscover his hunger for shooting.

The Double Trap ace of Glanvilles Wootton set a world record at an international competition towards the start of last year, hitting 198 of 200 targets.

He then earned gold at the London 2012 Olympics, before being named in the Queen's New Year's Honours list.

Wilson, 27, revealed that since thrusting shooting further into the public eye he has discussed with Olympians past and present about how they dealt with success.

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Whereas retiring is far from Wilson's mind, the farmer's son will shoot less in the coming months as he aims to ensure the summer's legacy and extra funding from UK Sport leading up to Rio 2016 is put to best use.

"I am going to try and take it easier," he said. "I am playing my cards close to my chest with regards to shooting but there are a lot of other exciting things out there.

"British Shooting has received an extra £500,000 in the run up to Rio and I am keen to see that money is spent wisely, overseeing how it is spent, to make sure all Peter Wilsons can come out of the woodwork so we can push on in Rio.

"I am not saying we are doing anything badly, I just want to make sure everything is done well. That is close to my heart.

"I am also quite keen to pursue not so much a television career, but get more out of television. I get a real buzz from live television and radio, something I had never experienced before the Olympics.

"I hope to do a bit more there, I would love that and there are some opportunities in the pipeline. I think there are more challenges out there than just shooting in the coming year, but that's not to say I will be quitting or not training so hard.

"I just won't be competing on the international stage so much and instead will be trying to get back that hunger for the sport I love.

"I have had a long chat with a number of Olympians both past and present about how they have dealt with the success and failure of a Games. It seems to be the same for everyone that when you achieve that lifelong goal it does take you time to work out where you want to go.

"I need a bit of time to get that right so I am excited by a number of new challenges but will also be training."

Wilson - who participated in a festive edition of sporting challenge programme Superstars - admitted that being a gold medallist brought a different sort of pressure to what he experienced when striving to achieve it.

However, he is keen to make the most of it and build for a future where British shooting success can become a regular occurrence.

Wilson said: "It has been an amazing year and if someone had told me this was what was going to happen in 2012 a year ago I would have laughed in their face. It didn't even factor that I would have done what I have done by a tiny percentage.

"It has been a magical year and an enjoyable rollercoaster. It has been so much fun and I am keen to have fun because life is too short to be stuffy.

"You have got to enjoy this unique experience and I will never do this again – I will never win a home Olympics again and I will never get to set a world record like that again because the format of Double Trap is changing.

"I had one year in which to do it all and I am so glad that it was my year where everything came together for me. There is a plan in place to build on that legacy. Somebody has even turned to me and said 'you are that legacy'. I had not heard that before and it does place quite a responsibility on you that is tough to accept.

"We are in a privileged position at the moment where we won Olympic gold in London and have a great platform to build for shooting for future generations.

"I am really excited for the future of shooting and the people of Great Britain. I really do believe we can push on and excel.

"I do feel that there is a level of expectation and a different sort of pressure on my shoulders now. Shooting is really accessible and I want to show people that.

"I met a journalist in London who used my example of a privately-educated farmer's son as a typical shooter but it is not that way."

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