Shooter Walton determined to overcome hurdles and reach London 2012
To say Stevan Walton faces a hard task to reach next year's Olympics would be an understatement - no job, no funding - on the surface you could utter no hope.
But Walton is taking such obstacles in his stride - after all this is a man that matched the efforts of swimmer Rebecca Adlington, gymnast Imogen Cairns and sprinter Leon Baptiste last year.
All claimed double Commonwealth gold - Walton's triumphs coming in shooting's double trap singles and pairs and all after he was made redundant from his job for travelling to Delhi.
While the likes of Adlington will have benefitted from their efforts Walton hasn't, with Olympic performances upon which funding for Britain's shooters is based, and he continues to struggle to find sponsorship to properly pursue his London 2012 Olympic dream.
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But still Walton keeps gunning and he will attempt to repeat his Commonwealth gold-medal winning efforts in the double trap singles at the upcoming European Championships, which begin on July 31 in Belgrade.
Walton knows it is overseas results that count towards 2012 qualification, in particular the Europeans with his British rival Peter Wilson, who will be in Serbia, earning a quota place back in March.
That is for Britain and not exclusively for Wilson though, somewhat aiding Walton's cause, and with the double trap not afforded a host nation place either he is vowing to perform at the European Championships and underline his claim for an Olympic place.
"Unfortunately shooting is one of the most expensive sports you can do," said Walton - who has finished 12th twice in the two World Cup events he has attended in Chile and China so far this year.
"It is a catch 22 because if I had a full-time job I couldn't train as much as I would want to and if I don't have a job then it is hard to fund yourself and do everything you want to do.
"When I'm not shooting I'm just helping out some friends but you are always looking for sponsorship and I have to fund things myself and prioritise which events I am going to do.
"For example there was a World Cup in Slovenia this month and three British double trap shooters went but I chose not to go because of the Europeans coming up.
"Scores overseas are the ones that count and I am going to go to the Europeans at the end of the month and I really want to go there and bring back the gold.
"I am more nervous than excited about London 2012, I love going abroad and I love what I do but unfortunately trying to do a lot more than I do is expensive and that hinders me.
"A lot is going against me but I have got to turn that into a positive and have a good Europeans."