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Wilson positive over British shooting future

Wilson positive over British shooting future
By Sportsbeat

03/12/2015 at 01:01Updated 03/12/2015 at 01:47

Great Britain shooting could take a big step forward after the launch of the 'Talent Network' initiative - and it has the backing of 2012 Olympic champion Peter Wilson.

British Shooting is looking for partner clubs in order to identify, recruit and develop Olympic shooters to become world class international athletes.

Wilson achieved his own dream with gold at London 2012 in the double trap, and he believes the new system will help stop other talented shooters falling through the gap at a young age.

"It's wonderful that they are thinking about investing in finding anyone who might have the ability to become an Olympian," he said.

"When I first started it was very difficult to become a shooter. If it wasn't for my dad and Ian Coley, I wouldn't have ever taken it up. It was a chance encounter with Ian that led to me pursuing a career in shooting.

"You can't rely on chance encounters to produce medal winning athletes. There needs to be a more structured feeder system, which is exactly what British Shooting are building."

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