Shooting honoured

Peter WilsonOlympic gold medallist Peter Wilson and GB team manager Ian Coley have been named in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

Both will receive an MBE later in the year owing to their success at the London 2012 Olympics and, in Ian’s case, his services to shooting and his development and training of Olympic clay shooters over the years.

“To be awarded an MBE in light of my performance at the Olympic Games is very special,” said Peter. ” This was an incredible year, a culmination of six years hard work. Without the help and support of all those around me I wouldn’t be where I am today. I cannot thank those individuals enough!”

Ian Coley

Of his MBE, Ian said, “I am so humbled by this award. I have been so lucky to have built a business out of my hobby and my passion. This award is the icing on a very special cake this year. To see Peter win gold at the Olympics, to have been a part of the Great Britain team for so many years as head coach, and to have been involved with Richard Faulds’ win at the 2000 Sydney Olympics – I feel a very lucky man.”

“The MBE is so special to me, but it is also so very special for shooting in general. I have always been and will continue to be proud of my sport, a fantastic sport for all.”

Tim Newenham, British Shooting’s performance director, said: “We can all take huge pride in both Peter Wilson’s and Ian Coley’s MBEs for services to shooting. What fantastic recognition for two of the sport’s great ambassadors.”

“Ian has been instrumental as head shotgun coach in two Olympic gold medal performances in target shooting, once back in 2000 and now 12 years later in 2012.”

“Peter has had a simply stunning year, breaking the world record back in April and going to world number one, then keeping his focus, momentum and nerve at the London 2012 Olympics, taking gold in such dramatic fashion.”

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