Ian Coley

Discipline: Down The Line 
Local Club / Ground: Ian Coley Shooting School 

What age were you and where did you start shooting?

I started to shoot clays in 1964... 53 years ago!!! when I was 17. This was at a local village fete. I got into a shoot off with Brian Wells which I lost. Following this I went to Bisley and shot my first registered shoot, which was The Seager Evans Trophy and this is still shot for at Bisley.

What type of gun and ammunition do you use?

Perazzi MX 2000 30” Trap with Hull 300 DTL No 8 Cartridges

What has been the highlight of your shooting career so far?

I have had the great privilege of being the Team Manager/National Coach for the Great Britain Olympic Team for clay target shooting for six Olympic Games, starting from Barcelona 94, Atlanta 96, Sydney 2000, Athens 04, Beijing 08 and London 2012. The  3 greatest moments were seeing Richard Faulds win Gold and Ian Peel win Silver in Sydney and Peter Wilson win Gold in London…closely followed by myself being honoured and presented with a MBE from the Queen at Windsor for Services to the Sport of clay target shooting.

Do you have any sponsors? Who are they? 

My gunshop and shooting school, Ian Coley Sporting have assisted me  over the years.

Who would be your dream sponsor and why?

My wife Jayne is my dream sponsor, she has always supported me over the years when I have been away with the British Team, she understood my passion to see a British clay shooter win an Olympic medal and without her support I would have not been able to see the Olympic medals won and I would not be able to compete in the Super Veterans England Teams for the last few years and the forthcoming DTL World Championships in Australia in March.

What are your shooting aims and goals for 2018/19?

To shoot well for the England Super Veterans Team in Australia. A medal at the World Championships is my main goal. I hope to continue to shoot at a competitive level for this year 2018.