The British Olympic Association (BOA) has announced today ten athletes as selected to represent Team GB in the shooting at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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The athletes selected today have won medals at Olympic, World and Commonwealth level and will be aiming to compete with the best shooters in the world and challenge for Olympic medals this summer.
Team GB will compete across all three disciplines on the Olympic shooting programme - shotgun, pistol and rifle - at the famous Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich.
The squad contains an excellent blend of youth and experience. It is led by Richard Faulds, 35, who is selected for his fifth consecutive Olympic Games and won Double Trap gold at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney to record Britain’s first gold medal in trap shooting since 1968. He also qualified for the final of the 1996 Atlanta Games on his Olympic debut at the age of 19, and has won four World Championships across a career spanning over 20 years.
Faulds is joined in the Double Trap event by current world number one Peter Wilson, 25, who claimed first place and a new world record at the World Cup in Tucson earlier this year, adding to the World Cup and European Championships titles he won in 2011.
The team is also strong in the women’s disciplines, with 2010 Commonwealth Games double gold medallist, Elena Allen, representing Team GB in the Olympic Skeet class. She also won the Grand Prix event in Cyprus in the same year, and completed an impressive double of winning both the World Cup and European Championships titles in 2005.
The Team GB shooting team includes further experience in the shape of 31-year-old shooter Jonathan Hammond, who is the current Commonwealth Champion in both the 50m Rifle individual and pairs events, after claiming gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Also selected today are Olympic debutants Jennifer McIntosh, 20, and James Huckle, 21, who are the youngest members of the shooting squad.
The selected athletes are: (name, discipline, born, hometown)
Elena Allen – Olympic Skeet Women
Richard Brickell – Olympic Skeet Men
Richard Faulds – Olympic Double Trap
Georgina Geikie – 25m Pistol Women
Jonathan Hammond – Prone Rifle Men
James Huckle – Three Position Rifle Men
Ed Ling – Olympic Trap Men
Jennifer McIntosh – Air Rifle Women
Rory Warlow – Olympic Skeet Men
Peter Wilson – Olympic Double Trap
The addition of the shooters brings the total number of athletes officially selected to Team GB for London 2012 to 117 across ten sport disciplines: shooting, archery, athletics – marathon, boxing, canoe slalom, hockey, sailing, swimming, synchronised swimming and table tennis.
The athletes were formally nominated to the BOA for selection to Team GB by British Shooting, the National Governing Body for shooting in the UK.
Team GB Chef de Mission Andy Hunt said:
“With just 60 days to go until the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games, I am delighted to welcome these 10 shooters as officially selected members of Team GB.
“The shooting squad possesses a good balance of youth and experience, and it is great to announce current world number one Peter Wilson and former Olympic gold medallist Richard Faulds, who will both be able to pass on their experience to the younger members of the team. It’s exciting that the likes of Jennifer McIntosh, James Huckle and Georgina Geikie have the opportunity to compete at an Olympic Games in the early stages of their career, and their potential bodes well for the future of British shooting.
“I have every confidence that each member of the team selected today will deliver a very credible, competitive performance at London 2012, and that the experience of competing in the Olympic Games will benefit them greatly in furthering their international careers.”
Team GB Shooting Team Leader Phil Scanlan said:
"I'm delighted with the team we have and I really do believe we have some great opportunities for medals.
"We've got a nice blend of youth and experience in the team, ranging from Richard Faulds who will be featuring in his fifth Olympic Games, to James Huckle and Jennifer McIntosh who are making the first steps in their promising careers. I think the team is really well balanced and I’m excited by the talent and potential we have.
"In the Double Trap event we have the current World Record holder, as well as a former Olympic gold medallist, so things are looking really promising and we're in a great position at the moment."
Team GB Athlete Richard Faulds said:
“It feels fantastic to be picked for Team GB for London 2012. This will be the fifth consecutive Olympic Games which I have competed in, and to be able to compete on home turf is an absolute honour for me.
“Competing in London won't differ much from previous Olympic Games, and we’ll all have to cope with the usual difficulties which come with competitive sport. The home crowd will be a huge advantage to all of us, and having the support of family and friends is very important to me.
“I am very excited about competing in London, and I still remember exactly where I was when I heard that London was to be the host city. I remember thinking ‘maybe I won't retire just yet!’"
Team GB Athlete Peter Wilson said:
"It's hard to put how I feel into words after being selected for Team GB to compete at London 2012. I've been training relentlessly for the last six years just to have this opportunity, and it really is a dream come true.
"Having a crowd of any size right behind you is always very special, but it's going to be such a boost to have the home nation behind me. Thankfully I tend to raise my game when it matters!
"I've had great support from the team around me and through the lottery-funded world-class programme at British Shooting. I owe a lot to them for the shape I'm currently in ahead of the Games."
Team GB Athlete Georgina Geikie said:
"I'm overjoyed at being selected for the London 2012 Olympic Games, it’s a dream come true. It is a fitting reward for my dedication and hard work over the years, but I could not have achieved this without the fantastic support from the special group of people around me.
"Competing at the Olympics is a rarity in itself, but a home Olympics is even more special. Performing in front of a home crowd is something very special and only a few people in the world can claim to have experienced it. It will be a very special moment for me and those close to me to savour. I've tried to imagine what it will be like on competition day and walking out into the Olympic Stadium for the Opening Ceremony, but I know this is impossible to do. I can’t wait for the real experience."