Shooting star Gault licensed to thrill
Dereham's man with the golden gun Mick Gault touches down in India today – and is on the verge of making history.
The 55-year-old civil servant has won 15 medals at four previous Commonwealth Games and is aiming to become the all-time most decorated competitor from any country in any sport.
He will participate in eight events – four pairs and four individual categories – in Dehli and needs three medals to equal the all-time record of 18 and four to make history.
Gault understandably does not want to over play expectations – but said he and his team mates are as ready as they can be.
'The shooting is coming together nicely and I am confident and am quite excited. But it all depends on how well the other teams shoot.
'I could go out and shoot personal bests in every discipline and the Indians and the Australians could shoot better.
'I will just go out there and give it my best and see what happens.'
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He starts competition early next week and was pleased with the preparations.
'Training has gone very well and we are the most prepared team I have seen – and I have been doing it for 20 years. The team bonding has been really good and that is something other teams don't have.'
He said the Indians are very strong – but the pressure of being the hosts could go against them.
'As a home nation it is very hard because adrenalin is a shooter's enemy and it is very difficult to perform on home turf and I remember that in Manchester.
'I am looking forward to the atmosphere and it will be the biggest games in the history of the Commonwealths.'
Gault is pairing up with Iqbal Ubhi in centre fire and standard pistol and with Nick Baxter in free pistol and air pistol.
He will also shoot in each discipline as an individual.
Gault said despite all the well documented problems with accommodation and facilities in Dehli, he was confident they would not encounter difficulties.
'We are getitng feedback from out there and it is ok.'
Gault does not expect to have a lot of time for sight seeing - but despite the prospect of an eight hour drive, he is keen to see the Taj Mahal.
His wife Jan has been with him this week as he has completed training at Bisley but has not flown out to India.
'Jan will stay at home and earn money so I can buy more bullets!' he joked.