Team Scotland’s 12-strong Shooting team will get their competition underway at the Belmont Shooting Complex near Brisbane tomorrow (Sunday 8 April) and will be looking to build on a successful Commonwealth Championships held at the same venue last year.
Winning three medals between them in the 50m Rifle Prone and 3 Positions events at the Commonwealth Championships, sisters Jennifer and Seonaid McIntosh will be looking for similar success to that of another set of Team Scotland siblings; cyclists Katie and John Archibald winning gold and silver in the Individual Pursuit events on day two of the Games.
Scotland’s most decorated female Commonwealth Games athlete in history, Jennifer will use her vast experience at both Commonwealth and Olympic Games in her bid to add to her tally of two gold, one silver and two bronze medals. Seonaid also comes into Gold Coast 2018 with real medal aspirations after competing at Glasgow 2014 as a teenager.
Jennifer and Seonaid get their Games underway with the 10m Air Rifle at 11:00hrs (02:00hrs UK Time) on 9 April before shooting again in the 50m Rifle Prone on 12 April. Their final event comes on 13 April, in the 50m Rifle 3 Positions, starting at 08:30hrs (23:30hrs 12 April UK Time).
Making an incredible sixth Commonwealth Games appearance Ian Shaw competes alongside Sandy Walker in the Full-bore Queen’s Prize Pairs on 9 and 10 April at 10:00hrs (01:00hrs UK Time). The duo will be hoping to replicate their medal winning performance at the Commonwealth Championships in 2017. The Queen’s Prize Individual then takes place on 11 and 12 April also at 10:00hrs (01:00hrs UK Time).
The first Scottish shooters to compete however, will be Pistol shooters Caroline Brownlie and Jess Liddon as they go in the Women’s 10m Air Pistol, whilst the following day it’s the turn of Aedan Evans in the men’s equivalent. Liddon returns to shoot in the 25m Pistol on 10 April, with all Pistol events starting at 09:00hrs (00:00hrs UK Time) with a qualification event followed by a final.
Neil Stirton goes into Gold Coast 2018 looking to add to a full set of gold, silver and bronze won across three previous Commonwealth Games appearances. He will be joined by Lenny Thomson in the men’s 50m Rifle Prone on 10 April, with Neil going on to contest the 50m Rifle 3 Positions on 14 April. Both events start at 09:00hrs (00:00hrs UK Time) with a qualification event, followed by an afternoon final.
On the eve of his fourth Commonwealth Games, Neil said: “Being part of Team Scotland is an honour that only a handful of athletes get to experience, and the sense of being part of your country’s sporting family at such a Games is truly unique and certainly helps motivate me when submersed in the heart of competition. When you see the team’s first medals coming in, you can’t help but get psyched up for your own competition.”
On the Shotgun range, Calum Fraser and David McMath compete in the Men’s Double Trap on 11 April at 09:00hrs (00:00hrs UK Time), with Linda Pearson lining up in the women’s Double Trap at 10:30hrs (01:30hrs UK Time). Sharon Niven will shoot in the Women’s Trap from 09:00hrs (00:00 UK Time) on 13 April.