Olympic medallist Warren Potent retires
7 October 2016
SHOOTING: Olympic Bronze medallist and current 50 Metre Rifle World Champion Warren Potent announced his retirement after an 8th-place finish at the ISSF World Cup in Bologna, Italy.
When asked for his feelings after the final event the 54-year-old Sydneysider replied “I actually feel a little sad, as I have a lot of friends in the sport I will not be seeing again for a long time, or at all. I will miss the competition and the pressure of competing. But my wife and I are looking forward to spending a lot more time together.”
Asked how shooting has changed him, Potent commented “I don't think the sport has changed my life at all, but it has given me a better understanding of different cultures. The things that stand out are winning my first World Cup, winning an Olympic Bronze medal for Australia, and winning my individual World Championship.
“Dislocating my right shoulder while competing in the Granada World Cup in 2013 would be the strangest thing that has happened while competing! The World Cup Final in Bangkok in 2007 is the most memorable event for me... as it was there that I met the woman who would become my wife.
“I'm grateful to the people who have supported me,” he continued. “My home club Legion Target Rifle, Target Rifle Australia, Shooting Australia, Ken Asquith - who has looked after me for many years - and Miro Sipec and Petr Kurka, who have looked after me during international competitions. And of course Cummins South Pacific who have graciously given me a lot of time off work while pursuing my international sporting career.”
But the man described by commentators today as “as an inspiration for all young shooters” isn’t necessarily lost to shooting. “I would like to still be involved in the sport somehow,” Potent admitted. “Maybe coaching, mentoring, or managing a team.”
“We will hold Warren to that,” said Shooting Australia CEO Damien Marangon.
“He has been a pillar of the Australian and International shooting communities for thirty years, representing his sport and his country with dignity and distinction. An entire generation of Australian shooting athletes has matured with Warren as a role model, and we are all the better for it. We wish Warren nothing but the best for the future.”
So what does the immediate future have in store for this five-time Olympian? “I'm going to go fishing!” Potent laughed. “I haven’t had the chance for over 15 years!”