Plymouth shooter Rory Warlow gets London call for Olympics
PLYMOUTH shooting star Rory Warlow is keeping his feet on the ground over his selection for the London Olympics, according to father Rob.
Warlow (above), just 22, will make his debut Olympic appearance when the competition's shooting contest starts in earnest on July 28.
But nerves are not getting to the marksman who won a youth Commonwealth Games medal in India two years ago.
Rob, himself a shooter with an impressive local record, said: "I'm very proud – it's taken a lot of work over the past four years and a lot of money to get where we are now.
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"It's Rory's first Olympics and he's only 22, so it's going to be a big thing for him."
Warlow qualified via previous results – he is currently Great Britain's number one skeet shooter, despite only being classed as a senior for a year.
Initially, he thought he would not get his Olympic chance until Rio in 2016.
Father Rob said his son's shooting career had cost thousands of pounds – but it had been worth it.
Warlow junior works with his father in the family firm.
"He's been all over the world – Australia, China, Chile," said Rob.
"Now what he's got to do is try to perform at the Olympics – there's a lot of training to do over the next seven weeks.
"He said that he will not get too excited until the actual day, because he's had a few disappointments in the past.
"But he is very pleased about getting in the team."
Warlow's triumphs include a gold medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games in India and the English Open title.
He was also a runner-up in The Herald's Sports Personality of the Year awards in 2008.
Warlow will be in distinguished company in the 10-strong Great Britain team.
Former double Olympic champion Richard Faulds and world number one Peter Wilson will lead the team, who will compete across all three disciplines on the Olympic shooting programme – shotgun, pistol and rifle – at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich.
Team GB Olympic shooting squad: Elena Allen – Olympic skeet (Moscow, Newport), Richard Brickell – Olympic skeet (Newbury, Newbury), Rory Warlow – Olympic skeet (Plymouth, Plymouth), Peter Wilson – Olympic double trap (Dorchester, Sherborne), Richard Faulds – Olympic double trap (Guildford, Highclere), Georgina Geikie – 25m pistol (Okehampton, Exeter), Jonathan Hammond – Prone rifle (Aberdeen, West Virginia), James Huckle – Three position rifle (Harlow, Harlow), Ed Ling – Olympic trap (Taunton, Wellington), Jennifer McIntosh – Air rifle (Edinburgh, Aberdeen)