Olympic champ Peter Wilson hits the target

July 2, 2013 : General Team Building

So, when faced with the task of finding an after-dinner speaker who were themselves a high achiever with an agriculture background, to speak to a group of Award Winning Farmers, we scratched our heads. Then, after a tip off (thanks Graeme) we contacted Peter Wilson. The name may sound familiar but I am sure that the moment Peter Wilson fell to his knees after becoming Olympic Champion is etched on people’s memories as an iconic moment of London 2012. In this instance Peter won Great Britain’s first Olympic shooting medal for 12 years.

Peter’s journey to the top began trouble-free when six years ago the teenage Wilson discovered the double trap and within months he was Great Britain’s junior champion, training at the Southern Counties shooting range.

Fast-forward four years and Peter became one of 49 aspiring athletes to lose their funding, and he was forced to seek work as a waiter at his local pub. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, as part of Great Britain’s Olympic Ambition Programme, a chance meeting with Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum, a member of the ruling family of Dubai and double trap gold medallist at Athens in 2004, led to Ahmed to agree to coach Peter for free. This changed everything and played a huge part in Peter’s success at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He won gold, scoring 188 out of a possible 200 hits! An incredible achievement and here I am with Peter and his gold medal!

Feedback from client

“Peter Wilson as after-dinner speaker was the icing on the cake to a great day organised by Maximillion. The story of his personal and Olympic journey was fascinating. Peter’s speech was inspirational and his friendly, personable manner a big hit with our guests.”

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