Originally Posted by Fay
I was listening to BBC Radio Five Live this morning and Victoria Derbyshire was interviewing some British Olympic gold medallists, asking whether their lives had changed.
One of the gold medallists interviewed was Peter Wilson (25), son of a stud farmer in Dorset, who approached Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Hasher Al Maktoum to be his shooting coach. Sheikh Ahmed won the Olympic gold medal for double trap shooting in 2004. He has been coaching Peter Wilson free of charge and Peter describes the Sheikh as his best friend and a great cook.
Wikipedia only had the basics of age and title and Olympics so I wondered whether anyone could fill in some more details such as where he fits in the family tree please ?
First: The name suffix "bin Mohammed" is wrong.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Hasher al Maktoum was born 31. December 1963 and is a nephew of Sheikha Hind. His father Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum al Maktoum (b: 1946) is the brother of Sheikha Hind (wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, current ruler of Dubai). At the same time Sheikh Ahmed´s father (Sheikh Hasher) is Sheikh Mohammed's cousin. In addition: Sheikh Ahmeds's grandfather and Sheikh Mohammed's father are also cousins. Sheikh Ahmed mothers name is Amina Bint Humaid Al Tayer. He is the eldest son of the couple. Sheikh Ahmed has 5 siblings: Maktoum bin Hasher al Maktoum (b: 1977), Madiya bin Hasher al Maktoum, Maryam bint Hasher al Maktoum, Maitha bint Hasher al Maktoum and Wafa bint Hasher al Maktoum.
He entered the 2000 shooting competitions together with another member of the family, Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum. Sheikh Saeed scored the best Olympic result by an UAE athlete (9th), but Ahmed would win the first medal. Sheikh Ahmed bin Hasher al Maktoum had in fact been more active as a squash player, winning the national title from 1985 to 2000. He started shooting only in 1998, although he had joined his father in falcon hunts from age four. His top result prior to the 2004 Olympics had been a 4th place at the 2003 World Championships in the double trap event. He matched that position in the single trap event in Athens (one shot short of the podium). He was the top qualifier for the double trap final, and only increased his advantage to win the gold while equalling the Olympic Record.