Jen McIntosh and sister Seonaid aim for gold with Team Scotland at Commonwealth Games

Jen McIntosh will be aiming to win more Commonwealth Games gold medals
Jen McIntosh will be aiming to win more Commonwealth Games gold medals

They are Scotland’s first family when it comes to sports shooting with a total of seven Commonwealth Games medals between them - and they’ll be looking to add to that tally in Glasgow later this month.

The name McIntosh has become synonymous with success in target shooting. Mum Shirley, who was born in Falkirk and now lives in Shieldhill, was Scotland’s most succesful female Commonwealth athlete, having won one gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the 1994 games in Victoria and 1998 games in Kuala Lumpur.

But that record was claimed by daughter Jen at the 2010 games in Dehli when she returned with two golds and a bronze. The 23-year-old will be back in action for Team Scotland this month in the 10m air rifle, 50m prone and 50m three position events, which are taking place at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Carnoustie.

Also competing for the first time at a Commonwealth Games will be Seonaid McIntosh (18), who claims she wasn’t even interested in shooting until watching her big sister Jen’s success four years ago.

Watching over the two will be dad Donald, Team Scotland’s shooting manager and a respected marksman in his own right.

“We’re really looking forward to a home crowd and their support for a Scottish team means a lot,” he said.

“A home Games also brings challenges as the media will be particularly interested in Scottish athletes and sometimes they may be distracted by friends and family who are close by. It’s really important to us that we keep them inside the Commonwealth Games bubble so they can remain focused on their performance.”

Donald will be cheering on both his daughters and knows that Jen already holds a special place in terms of her achievements for Team Scotland.

“Yes, Jen is the most succesful athlete at a single Games with two golds and a bronze,” he added. “Of course, she still needs one more silver to equal her mum, still one of only two Scottish women with two medals.”

Jen, who also competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, is thrilled at the prospect of taking part in her second Commonwealth event.

“The Commonwealth Games were always a big thing for me growing up, with both my parents competiting throughout my lifetime,” she said.

“So to be part of something so important to me was very special.

“I’m also really proud to be Scottish, so the Commonwealth Games are really important because it’s the only multi-sport event when I can compete under the Saltire!”

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