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Scotland gives the Commonwealth Games its best shot

The strength of Scotland’s shooters is evident, with six of the eight athletes announced for next year’s Commonwealth Games having contributed to making shooting Scotland’s top sport at the Delhi 2010 Games, with nine medals.

The team also includes Edinburgh-based Jen McIntosh and Jon Hammond who went to last year’s London Olympic Games.

Scottish Countryside Alliance director Jamie Stewart said: “We are delighted to have six of the medallists from the Delhi games selected along with Sian Bruce and Caroline Brownlie at this first stage in the process. 

“We are aware there are still a number of shooting places available on the team which will not be decided until next May and wish the six Scottish athletes who have all met the selection standard in the Women’s 50m Rifle Prone event the very best of luck as they fight it out for two team places.”

This positive news comes in the wake of a Scottish Governmental consultation making a minor change to environmental controls in relation to the use of cartridges containing lead shot to be used in shotguns for the Commonwealth Games Clay Target event at the MoD Training Area at Barry Buddon near Carnoustie.

The Scottish Countryside Alliance has responded to the consultation in a positive manner encouraging the government to allow this minor change whilst ensuring that activities which may have an environmental impact are understood and mitigated.

The Scottish Countryside Alliance encourages the take up of shooting sports through our annual National Shooting week launched in 2013 by Olympic double trap gold medallist Peter Wilson.

Shooting sports contributes an estimated £240 million to the Scottish economy and supports 58,000 workers amounting to the equivalent of 11,000 full-time jobs.*

Scottish shooting team so far:
Jonathan Hammond, Small Bore Rifle - 50m Rifle 3P
Neil Stirton, Small Bore Rifle - 50m Rifle Prone (Aberdeen)
Jennifer McIntosh, Small Bore Rifle - 10m Air Rifle & 50m Rifle 3P
Caroline Brownlie, Pistol - 10m Air Pistol
Shona Marshall, Clay Target - Trap
Sian Bruce, Clay Target - Skeet
Angus McLeod, Full Bore Rifle
Ian Shaw, Full Bore Rifle


*Findings of an economic & environmental survey by PACEC 2006

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