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The 2010 Commonwealth Games campaign was a resounding success thanks to all our athletes, who literally gave it their best shot! The positive knock-on effect of this on the sport through widespread media coverage and focus amongst the grass roots of target shooting across  Scotland will hopefully be felt in clubrooms around the country as new shooters try their hand at the sport and the established competitors are filled with renewed resolve - fingers crossed. Glasgow 2014 is already a very real objective......

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jen McIntosh  with her haul of golds in Delhi

 

Graham Rudd brings us his exclusive diary from the Commonwealth Games . . .

We arrived without any problems other than bitterness towards me and Donald because we were upgraded to business class for the Dubai-Delhi flight. My first impressions of the heavily-guarded village were that it didn't look new and it reminded me of holidaying in on the Costa del Sol. I think a lot of work has been rushed so the overall finish of the place has suffered. Little things such as broken tiles being used rather than discarded and badly painted walls. In general though, it's comfortable. The apartments are pretty good, each bedroom has en suite and plenty of space for our kit. The Scotland team staff had cleaned the rooms to a high standard before we arrived to ensure that the health risks were minimal. Their efforts have proven worthwhile; over a week since arrival and the shooting team are still in good health! Thanks guys, we are very grateful!
 One real bonus of being in the village is the food hall. We can eat 24/7 for free! I think this is where the coaches spend most of their time but they're bound to deny it. There are a few places round the village for the teams to relax. These areas have pool tables, air hockey, table football, televisions and computers. For the first 2 days we had wifi in the apartment but for some reason it packed in and has never come back on. The staff in the village, however, are good at sorting most issues swiflty so it's likely the internet problem is more complex than just a broken router.
 The Indians have been very accommodating and this meant we were able to get a lot of training done at the Karni Singh Shooting Range. The facilities are excellent and are ready for the Games. A lot of work has been done at the range since our last visit in February.
 Some of the shooters were responsible for decorating the Scotland accommodation, notably hanging bunting between the rooftops of Block 2 and 3. For the first few days after arriving we had little to do so decorating helped pass the time as well as raising team spirit.
 Most of the shooters attended the opening ceremony at the main Games stadium. The event was well organised and ran smoothly. It was an evening full of national pride with the highlight being walking into stadium wearing the Commonwealth Games tartan kilt! As ever, the Scots proved popular with the other nations and we had to pose for loads of photos! The English, on the other hand, took a lot of orders for Indian meals after deciding to dress as waiters.
Yesterday, pre-event training took place for some of the team. Kay and Jen had their 3x20 training whilst I had training on the 10 metre range for Men's Air Rifle Pairs. The organising committee decided to allow lone shooters to shoot as guests in the Pairs event, however, their scores would not be published. I was delighted to hear this as it meant I could get a good warm-up for the following day's competition.
 Today, I got up at 5am and headed to the range on the 7am bus. The match began at 9am, with all eyes on the Indian pair of Abhinav Bindra (Olympic Champion) and Gagan Narang (World Record Holder). As expected, the Indian men won with 595 and 598 respectively. The English pair of Ken Parr and James Huckle secured silver with 585 and 589, while Bangladesh came 3rd just 1 point behind.
 

Photograph of Jennifer and Seonaid McIntosh copyright Craig Williamson
/SNS Group. Departure pic with Jennifer and Kay Copland: Steve Lindridge/Ideal Images

Donald McIntosh has pictures from Delhi on his Facebook page


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