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Falkirk shooter Jen McIntosh is top of the Scots!

Jen McIntosh after winning bronze in the 50m Rifle Prone Women event pictured with mum Shirley who presented her with her medal

Jen McIntosh after winning bronze in the 50m Rifle Prone Women event pictured with mum Shirley who presented her with her medal

 

Hundreds of Bairns played their part in the dazzling opening ceremony for the XX Commonwealth Games.

And they’ve continued to shine as the Glasgow event captures the imagination and hearts of people from around the world.

Athletes, coaches, officials, police officers, bus drivers, and volunteers from the Falkirk area have all been involved in the smooth running of the event which saw 4500 competitors from 71 countries descend on the city.

One family with a starring role in both the opening ceremony and the competition was the McIntoshs, who until recently lived in Shieldhill.

Dad Donald was one of those in the spotlight at Celtic Park taking the coaches’ oath in his role as the performance manager for the Scottish shooting team.

He said: “It was a great experience and honour. I’ve been to four Games’ opening ceremonies and this one was fabulous.”

However, his moment of fame was eclipsed by sharp-shooting daughter Jen (23) who lifted a silver and bronze to become the first Scottish woman to win five Commonwealth Games medals.

The woman she took the title from was mum Shirley, who won four medals in 1994 and 1998.

Her proud mum was on hand to present Jen with the bronze on Monday at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Carnoustie for the 50m rifle prone, then the following day Shirley watched from the gallery as her record was broken as her daughter took the silver in the 50m three positions.

Afterwards, a delighted Jen said: “It’s about time mum’s record went. She’s delighted for me.

“The whole Scotland team has been absolutely fantastic. We came here to break records and that’s what we’ve done.”

Completing the family fortunes was youngest daughter Seonaid, who at just 18 was competing in her first Commonwealth Games.

One of the other unexpected ‘stars’ of the opening was Falkirk police officer PC Alan Musgrave, who along with colleague PC Fiona Wilson, was singing in George Square.

Deputy Chief Constable Steve Allen said: “I’m glad we could help the ceremony organisers. I am very proud of the contribution Police Scotland is making to a fantastic Commonwealth Games.”

 

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