If "real life" doesn't get in the way, five-time Olympian trapshooter
George Leary believes he can win a medal at the 2000 Olympics. One of
Canada's least known but most successful international athletes, Leary was
eighth at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics but recent strong performances put him
among Canada's top medal contenders.
At a World Cup on the Olympic range in Sydney this year, he won the silver
medal against virtually the same field he'll face in September. Other
career highlights include three British Grand Prix titles, numerous World
Cup medals, and last year's bronze at the Pan Ams where he needed a perfect
final round to step on the podium and earn Canada the Olympic spot.
"These Olympics are my chance to shine," said Leary, married with two
children who do not shoot. "I've been at it a long time. I have the
maturity and the outlook which should give me the ability to perform well."
Leary is a true amateur athlete. He works full-time as management
consultant for eLoyalty in Newmarket. Yet he can still beat many of the
world's best marksmen who are full-time professionals.
"I still have to live and work," said Leary. "It's not easy to juggle
competitions, training and a family. But it's the life I've chosen. I
should train three times a week but we don't have the facilities to do
that. We don't have the advantage the other countries have."
The 2000 Olympics could represent the final chapter in his brilliant
career. It would be a fitting end. His first international meet back in
1973 at age 16 was at the world championships in Australia.
George Leary, Newmarket, Ont., finished in a tie for 10th after second day of qualifying, failed to advance to final.
George Leary, Newmarket, Ont., was in fifth place after first day.
George Leary clears his chamber during
George Leary during trap shooting qualifications
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