We’re all behind you Mick - Norfolk cheers on shooter’s bid to become the single most decorated Commonwealth medallist of all time today

Mick Gault.

Mick Gault. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Norfolk is saying 'go-go Gault' today as the Dereham sharpshooter eyes Commonwealth history after another weekend of Games glory.

Mick Gault is today aiming to become the single most decorated Commonwealth Games athlete of all time.

The 60-year-old grandfather from Toftwood equalled the record for Commonwealth medals in any sport when he bagged an astonishing 18th podium place on Saturday.

The veteran marksman won a bronze medal for England in the 10-metre air pistol event to go equal the record held by another shooter, Phillip Adams, from Australia, who is retired.

And when Mr Gault takes aim in the 50m-air pistol today, he will have his home town and county behind him.

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Paul Sandford, landlord of the Railway Tavern in Dereham, said: 'This is one heck of an achievement to equal the all time medal record.

'He's now in his sixth Commonwealth Games and to stay competing at the top of his sport for so long is unbelievable.

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'I know Mick well, we were once neighbours in Toftwood and I used to help him with fitness training.

'I'll be cheering him on today.

'I'll always feel proud to know Mick as a good old Dereham lad.'

EDP head of news Ian Clarke, who lives in Dereham and has followed Mr Gault's career from the start, said: I have had the real pleasure of covering Mick's rise and rise as a Commonwealth sporting legend since his first Games back in 1994.

'His success in staying at the very top of his sport for six Games is simply staggering and we should be hugely proud of him.

'The post-Dunblane stricter gun laws have made life considerably more difficult for Mick as he has had to go abroad for a lot of his training.

'Unlike other sports, shooting attracts little funding, so Mick has had to raise much of the money himself.

'He has been given amazing support from his wife Jan and the rest of the family, who have continually made sacrifices to allow him to train and compete.

'Mick has remained modest despite his achievements and is a true gentleman as well as a phenomenal marksman.

'The whole of Dereham and Norfolk will be aims to make history today.

'Go for gold Mick!'

Dereham town councillor Ann Bowyer added: 'I am delighted to see Mick doing so well and he is bringing a lot of positive attention to Dereham.

'I'll certainly be watching out to see how he does and wishing him the best of luck.'

The qualifiers are due to take place at 8.30am today and the 50m air pistol finals are from 12.15pm until 1.30pm.

What do you think of Mr Gault's achievements? E mail newsdesk@archant.co.uk

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