10 October 2017

Enjoy an evening with three Olympic medal winners


THREE medal-winning Olympians are speaking at an event organised by a Fordingbridge-based conservation charity.

Sporting shooter Peter Wilson and the world-famous Brownlee brothers will be inspiring an audience at the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s (GWCT) event in two months’ time.

Located at Duke’s Dorchester Fine Art Salerooms, there will be drinks, canapes, raffle prizes, including a bike ride with Alistair and Jonny to be won, and a Q and A.

Peter, a life member of GWCT, will be hosting the two-hour evening on Tuesday, December 5 where he will be chatting with the triathletes and also sharing experiences from his own illustrious career.

The 31-year-old set a double trap world record in 2012, shooting 198 out of 200 in Tuscon, Arizona, before clinching gold at London Olympics.

And now, Peter has announced he’s coming out of retirement to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics - in a different discipline.

Talking ahead of the event, Peter says he’s excited about the glamorous evening in his hometown organised by GWCT’s Dorset committee of which his father is a member.

“I’m really excited about this event,” he said.

“It’s a real opportunity for people to come together and learn about different sports as well as what the GWCT is all about.

“I’m a life member of the Trust and I think it does some amazing things in conservation.

“Hopefully the audience will enjoy it and I will be asking the Brownlee brothers, both of whom are keen shooters, some tasty questions, from drugs in sport to the strict dietary requirements they fulfil. It promises to be a great night.”

Peter met the famous siblings in 2012 during filming for a one-off BBC show called Superstars which featured 16 athletes from London’s Team GB gunning to be the best all-round star. The special show saw heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua and rower Helen Glover crowned champions.

The triathlete brothers captured the nation’s hearts in 2016 when Olympic double-gold medallist Alistair Brownlee gave up his chance to win the World Triathlon Series race to help his exhausted brother Jonny, the 2012 Triathlon World Champion, over the finish line.

GWCT county-chairman for Dorset, Oliver Chamberlain, added: “This is a unique occasion and opportunity for the Trust in Dorset.

“We’re really looking forward to having the Brownlee brothers and Peter Wilson attend.”

The event, sponsored by Duke’s Auctioneers, starts at 6.30pm.

To buy tickets, costing £30, visit here.

Notes to editors

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust – providing research-led conservation for a thriving countryside. The GWCT is an independent wildlife conservation charity which has carried out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife since the 1930s. We advise farmers and landowners on improving wildlife habitats. We employ 22 post-doctoral scientists and 50 other research staff with expertise in areas such as birds, insects, mammals, farming, fish and statistics. We undertake our own research as well as projects funded by contract and grant-aid from Government and private bodies. The Trust is also responsible for a number of Government Biodiversity Action Plan species and is lead partner for grey partridge and joint lead partner for brown hare and black grouse.

ISDN radio broadcast line – at our Fordingbridge HQ we have an ISDN radio broadcast line, allowing us to conduct interviews remotely.

For information, contact:
Kate Williams
Telephone: 01425 651000
Email: press@gwct.org.uk

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