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Clay shooting heroes named in New Year Honours list

Olympic gold medal winner Peter Wilson and British Shooting’s team manager Ian Coley both received the MBE for their services to clay shooting as part of a special Olympic and Paralympic Honours List.

In addition to his gold medal-winning performance in the men’s Double Trap at the London 2012 Olympics earlier last year, Peter, from Dorset, also broke the world record in his discipline at a World Cup event in Arizona, shooting 198 out of a possible 200 targets.

Ian, from Gloucestershire, has coached the GB shooting team at the past six Olympic games.

On hearing the news of his honour, he said: “I have been so lucky to have built a business out of my hobby and my passion, and this award is the icing on the cake this year.”

“To see Peter win gold, to have been a part of the Great Britain team for so many years as head coach coupled with Richard Faulds’s win at the 2000 Sydney Olympics — I feel a very lucky man.”

“The MBE is so special to me,” he added, “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.”