100 Team GB contenders for London 2012: Peter Wilson

Peter Wilson

Shooting (double trap)

Born: 15/09/86

Career highlights

The Dorset marksman rose to world number one in the double trap rankings in August 2011 after a superb season in which he won his first medals on the World Cup circuit, including a gold.

He began 2012 in style by setting a world record of 198 hits out of 200 to win the opening World Cup event of the year in Arizona.

Did you know?

Since 2008, Wilson has been coached by Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum, a member of Dubai's ruling family. It was Al Maktoum's Olympic double trap gold in 2004 that helped inspire Wilson to take up the sport as a career.

Career background

Farmer's son Wilson turned to shooting when he was unable to pursue his main interests, squash and cricket, after suffering serious nerve damage to his shoulder in a snowboarding accident.

His father suggested he visit the national shooting centre at Bisley to try double trap shooting. Within four months, Wilson was European junior champion.