SHIELDHILL’S Jennifer McIntosh insists dealing with the home pressure at Glasgow 2014 will not be an issue after she learnt some important lessons at the London Olympics.
The 21-year-old was unable to qualify for the final of either the 10m Air Rifle or the 50m Rifle three positions, finishing 42nd and 36th.
However the youngest member of the British team admits she impressed herself by controlling her emotions under the scrutiny of the home crowd, using their support to her advantage.
And now the double Commonwealth Games champion hopes she can repeat that at Glasgow 2014, with an even more fervent home crowd offering their full backing.
“I learnt a lot in London, like dealing with the pressure that comes with big events,” said McIntosh, part of the Bank of Scotland Local Heroes programme.
“There was pressure from the home crowd and pressure that I put on myself, but I used it to my benefit and it really carried me throughout much of the tournament.
“The home crowd at London really helped. I used them to get the best out of myself and hopefully the same can happen at Glasgow.
“The end target for me has always been to improve on my technical skills.
“Hopefully I can defend my titles and to win in my home country would be brilliant.”
McIntosh was Scotland’s most successful female competitor at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, landing two golds and a bronze in sharp shooting and returning home to a hero’s welcome.
Shooting was Scotland’s most successful sport at the Commonwealth Games two years ago, and after Team GB’s Peter Wilson claimed double trap gold in London, McIntosh believes things can only get better.
“I think me winning a medal at Glasgow would help raise the profile of the sport even more in Scotland,” she added.
“Hopefully I can win a medal at the Rio Games as well and I would like to have improved a lot by the time Rio comes along.
“Another four years of experience and competing in tournaments like World Cups will be great for me.”
“I wanted to make the final in at least one of the events but things didn’t go my way, but hopefully it will prove to be a platform for me to build from.”
n Bank of Scotland Local Heroes, with SportsAid, supports and funds 82 of Scotland’s most talented developing athletes on their journey to London 2012 and beyond. Since 2008, the programme has supported 170 athletes. Follow at facebook.com/bankofscotlandlocalheroes