New date and venue
for climax to SSRA Air GP campaign
It has been decided to reschedule the final air grand prix of
the 2011-12 season from 26 February to Sunday 18 March. This will avoid clashing
with the British Airgun Championships at Bisley. The new date for Air GP5 also
means a new venue, and it will now take place during the Scottish ISSF 10m
Championships at Tulliallan rather than at Glenrothes. The competition
organisers are happy to run the GP cards concurrently with the Championship
series if competitors prefer. For more details please contact
keep squads on target
After an appeal for
sponsors to help the SSRA add to its Megalink electronic targets (30 August
2011), the association is pleased to announce that four units have been obtained
and are now in use with the Scotland squads. With a total of ten Megalinks
available it will now be possible to hold the finals at the 10m & 50m
Championships and the Grand Prix matches with them, providing a much better
experience for athletes and spectators alike as well the opportunity for
athletes to use them for day-to-day training on their home ranges. Many thanks
to all involved for providing invaluable support to Scottish target shooting.
SSRA Prone Team League
2011-12: First results
Results from rounds 1-3 of this team competition are
available on the Domestic Results page.
SSRA Prone League
7 January 2012
The first sets of results are now available on the Domestic
Brown given green
light for Sports Personality award
7 January 2012
Darren Brown, a new member of the Scotland Under-21 squad, has been awarded the
Sports Personality of the Year title by Tweeddale Press publication the Wee
Paper after an overwhelming response to the newspaper's inaugural poll to find
the best local sportsperson.
last three years have been amazing and I have met a lot of great people along
the way. I would like to thank everyone who helped me and everyone who sent in a
nomination for this award,” said Darren.
to read more.
to all . . .
The SSRA would like to take the opportunity to wish all of
its members, and target shooters across the globe, a merry Christmas and all the
best for 2012.
Don't forget to enter the SSRA postal competitions: CanDicap,
Speedway and Medal. There is still time to enter online and entries will be
accepted until 1 January 2012. Click here
to enter or visit the Enter Domestic Competitions
online page to find out more.
SSRA to promote
Scottish Air Rifle Blind Shooting Championships
4 December 2011
The SSRA is keen to promote target shooting for all, and to
that end will set out to assist with the Scottish Air Rifle Blind Shooting
Championships held at Denwood in 2012.
One of the successful exponents of the discipline is Hussein Patwa, and together
with Carol Brown (pictured) are delivering superb scores. Their performances at
the 2011 championships drew much attention, especially as Brown scored a 600 out
of 600 which prompted a round of applause from observers.
"This (Denwood) is the only rifle range that does acoustic shooting in the whole
of Scotland," said Patwa, 24, who started out after his father found an advert
about the competition in the local magazine for the Society of the Blind in
"It's a very technical sport," he explained, "there is a lot of tweaking. There
is a lot of room for movement and innovation and taking things further which
rather appealed to me."
The two-day British Championships take place in Wolverhampton on the first
weekend of March 2012.
For more information on the sport and how you can help
promote it, contact Jim Hammond.
Scotland set to
host ISSF Judges course
An ISSF judges
course, designed to give applicants a national British Shooting C licence
and put existing holders firmly on the road to a B licence, is set to be
held in the autumn of 2012 in central Scotland, potentially Edinburgh, with
easy access to the airport. While the course helps preparations for the 2014
Commonwealth Games in Glasgow by qualifying officials to ISSF standards, the
course will be open to anyone in the UK. This two-day course will be run by
experienced by ISSF officials and for more information or to register your
interest, contact Jim McIntosh
Tulliallan confirmed for 2012 Scottish Air Rifle Championships
The SSRA has announced that
it will stage its 10m Air Rifle Championships at the Scottish Police College
in Tulliallan by Kincardine-on-Forth on Saturday and Sunday, March 17-18 of
2012. The competition will be run along ISSF guidelines and some
accommodation is hoped to be available on site.
more information and to arrange for an entry form by mail or for download,
contact Ian Henderson at
Online entering will also be made available.
Law has the edge
in opening grand prix
After an exciting and tense final, Robin Law narrowly held
off Sarah Bates in Callander to win the first SSRA Air GP of the 2011-12 season
with Kathryn Williamson in third. Earlier, Sarah Bates won A class, B
class went to Mark Joyce, Maria Bexley took the honours in C class and early
bird Bill Vaughan won D class. Detailed scores can be found
here for Rifle
and Pistol here.
Way cleared for
McIntosh to defend title
The decision by the Commonwealth Games Federation to vote for
Gold Coast to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games overshadowed another important
series of decisions made at the CGF meeting on St Kitts and Nevis in the
Caribbean. After lobbying by the Commonwealth Games Federation (European
Division) members the federation voted to resurrect a number of events to the CG
programme, including Women's Prone Rifle. While this decision does not
automatically mean that the event will be added to the 2014 Games in Glasgow,
the CG2014 organisation will review the decisions and rule on this by March
Despite this caveat it would seem highly likely that Jen
McIntosh will be given the chance to defend her title on her own soil in three
years' time and indeed offer her compatriots the opportunity to add to
Scotland's superb gold haul in target shooting. We await developments eagerly .
Air Grand Prix
date in January amended
The date for SSRA Air Grand Prix 3 at Denwood has been moved
to 22 January 2012. The change from the original date of 15 January was
requested by Denwood for logistical reasons.
Balerno & Currie
invite entries for 2011 Open
Balerno & Currie Rifle Club will hold their annual Open event on the weekend
of 19 and 20 November. An entry form can be downloaded
inquiries can be made here.
Making the SSRA website work for
19 October 2011
A range of new functions
has now become available at
http://forms.ssra.co.uk. for everyone to use. Now, entering competitions and
paying for fees; joining and/or renewing SSRA membership; and downloading entry
forms for a range of SSRA events throughout the year can be done by a simple
process. By now existing SSRA
members should have received an email giving
them a "get you started" link into the new membership pages. If you are a member
and have not received such an email click
provide your name, SSRA membership number and your current email address.
Scots all smiles
after Cardiff campaign
18 October 2011
Robin Law, James Paterson and Janis Thomson were among those to the fore at the
Welsh Airgun Championships held in Cardiff.
Law, (pictured left) shooting in A Class, won Comp 1 with 577 ex 600 Comp 4 with
577. He was also third in Comp 2 with 577. Paterson, (shown right) in X Class,
made it to the final where he finished fourth with 579+101.1. Air Pistol shooter
Thomson won Comp 4 in B Class with 544 and was second in Comp 2 with 544 and
Comp 1 with 538. Click
here for the
The event was a great success overall with a range of
competitors from as far afield as Norway and Holland and finals shot on Megalink
electronic targets. There was also the bonus of a film crew recording them and
the results streamed live on the internet.
Weather too Mutch
14 October 2011
Mel Mutch had to contend with bitingly cold conditions
as the sole Scottish representative in the UK Police team at the European
Championships at Vingsted in Denmark. He came
13th with a score of 585 and 30x
in a field of 31 competitors.
"Three shooters were on 587 for a shoot-off for 7th and 8th place," explained
Mutch. "Chris Brown of Leicester was in a shoot-off and went into final 7th and
"My finger kept on getting cold so lost all feeling in it. - stopped three times
to get sensation back into hand," he went on. "Others had prepped for this by
bringing heat packs that they kept near them in a bag so they could defrost
their hands between shots. A duvet in evidence too - heaven knows how much that
cost in excess baggage..."
Mutch gets blue
light to fly flag for Scotland in Denmark
11 October 2011
Mel Mutch will fly out to Vingsted in Denmark as the sole
Scottish representative in the UK Police team at the European Championships. The
standard of the competition is high and the UK team is made up of two men in the
prone, two in the men's 3P and air. The ladies have two for prone and are also
competing in 3P and air. Mutch will look to improve on his 13th place from last
Spence reaches a
new audience at the
Updated: 8 October 2011
Bobby Spence made the final of the Men's Prone at the
Commonwealth Shooting Federation (ED) event held at Bisley but could not stop
James Huckle taking the title. Mel Mutch had delivered a superb 595 in the
elimination round but came up short in qualifying.
Spence faced a whole new experience by making the final:
Having a big audience!
"It's something I'm not used to from the (SSRA) grands prix." he said. "It
certainly puts the pressure on knowing there are a lot of folk watching you as
The ISSF-style final set-up meant that scores from the Sius Ascor electronic
targets were read out for each of the finalists, shot by shot. There was no
hiding place and no way to avoid hearing what Spence's rivals were doing. That
meant it came down to mental toughness.
"Shooting the final itself, I just took it easy and tried not to pay attention
to any of the other scores though I knew Wayne Piri (from Gibraltar and in
the firing point next to him) was shooting well," he went on. "I had a good
spell of 10.6s and 10.7s in the middle which boosted me up to fourth until the
last shot which gladly I was blissfully unaware of!
"Sadly on the final shot I just couldn't get the condition I was looking for and
my aim off wasn't enough, placing the shot as a 9.5. I finished equal sixth but
got the equal highest scoring the final so left on a high."
Orcadian Spence took time to praise the contributions of the team coach and
management. "Having Sinclair Bruce and Cyril de Jonckheere there was a great
benefit and thanks must go to them that we got a training day the day before the
event where we could get set up and get some final bits of advice. During the
event they were both on hand to give out advice and tactics to keep on top of
the tricky conditions."
Bruce, Scotland's first full-time small bore coach, was also to be seen offering
vocal support throughout the final, delivering more than a few whoops from
behind the chain link fence of the firing point (erected to keep the likes of
him from causing trouble, a source close to the judges claimed).
As with many of the Scotland competitors, Spence had a long, costly and arduous
round trip to Bisley, with a lengthy delay returning north of the Border on the
Monday due to traffic snarl-ups. However, he has at least found
some help in the shape of local sponsors.
"I was lucky enough Scotrenewables Tidal Power was able to sponsor me for the
event. Travelling to so many events is always a strain on the finances and any
help that can be had is always appreciated. Further sponsorship I have achieved
recently is from Northlink ferries which will be a big boost over the winter to
attend the squad training
and Air grands prix."
And talking of sponsors, Spence - along with the majority of the team based in
Scotland - was indebted to his uncle for the loan of a vehicle to make the
For detailed results
from the CSF programme of events, visit the ESSU
'Tenshun! Scots see off Army
The Scotland team won the annual ATSC match against the Army
at the Ash Ranges. Scores of 1154 from Bill Brown, 1164 from Bill Baird, 1149
from Lenny Thomson and 1145 from Ian Henderson secured victory.
Harris steps into hot-seat at
John Harris has been unveiled as the first independent chair
of British Shooting. With considerable experience in the fields of engineering
and commerce, he takes the post for an initial term of two years and will be
present for a busy period in the sport, with the 2012 Olympics followed by the
Paralympics and of course the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. Harris will
head a board consisting of the following members: David Wathen: British
International Clay Target Shoot Federation (BICTSF); David Parish: National
Small-bore Rifle Association (NSRA); Robin Pizer: National Rifle Association
(NRA); Trevor Budgen: Disabled Target Shooting Great Britain (DTSGB); Nick
Fellows: Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA); Peter Underhill: Accountable
North Island take honours in
Scotland's score of 5903 was agonisingly not enough to see
off the New Zealanders of North Island in the annual postal match, with the
Kiwi side scoring 5907. The Scots junior side scored 1944 to North Island's
1957. Click here for
detailed Scottish scores and
for North Island's.
Reprieve for The Scottish in
The NSRA has announced that the 2012 Scottish Meeting will be
held at Dumfries. After a lengthy consultation period in which competitors at
The Scottish in Caithness were asked for their opinions and during which Huntly
and indeed a meeting held in the north of England were mooted, it was decided
that the meeting will return to Dumfries for the first time since 2008, on 23-28
SSRA Winter competitions
Entry forms will shortly be made available for the SSRA
Winter postal competitions such as the Speedway, Medal and CanDicap. In
addition, it will also be possible to download entry forms, enter the
competitions, pay for competition fees and indeed SSRA membership using a secure
online system via this site. Check back with
www.ssra.co.uk regularly for updates on this development.
Swarm of Scottish Bs head for
The Scotland team for this week's Commonwealth
Shooting Federation (European Division) event at Bisley has been
unveiled and the line-up is...
Men's Prone: Mel Mutch, Robert Spence
Women's Prone: Sarah Bates, Sarah Brown
Development: Julie Ballantyne, Maria Bexley
Women's 3P: Sarah Bates, Maria Bexley
Women's Air Rifle: Sarah Bates
(Yes, that's right, four Bs from the B-squad plus Bobby
and a.... bobby.)
Thanks to Willie McAulay at Alloa RC, the Tullygarth 50m
range was made available for Sarah Bates (pictured top) and Sarah Brown to
get some final practice in before heading south...
Mac makes his point at Gagie
6 September 2011
McIntosh proved there was "still some life in this old dog" when he took the
honours in the final SSRA prone grand prix of the season with a
win that eclipsed Tom Hodgson by just 0.1 in the final. Class A had been
won by David Caughey, Class B by Jonty Barron, Perth's Stephen Gemmell picked up
C Class, while Ian Henderson saw off Ron Nilsen on countback for Class D.
Nilsen rallied for the C&D final, however, and took the title with 577, ahead of
Into the ISSF style ten-shot final then, and McIntosh added
to his qualification score of 593 with 101.7 for a total of 694.7. Tom
Hodgson, starting the final with 594, scored 100.6 for a total of 694.6. Jonty
Barron came third with the highest score, 103.7, for a final total of 693.7
after his qualifying 590.
Donald accepts a dose of cough syrup from Jim McIntosh, left,
while Sheena Sharp was rewarded for her century of Scotland caps with the
presentation of a trophy from SSRA chairman Ian Thomson.
The previous day at Denwood saw the fifth and final 3P grand
prix of the season. Iain Malone won the men's 3x40 event and Sheena Sharp the
The inaugural SSRA C&D Prone League reached its conclusion
and congratulations go to Nick Brown for taking the title. Full results for all
the above competitions are available on the Domestic Results page.
Funding boost is recognition
of shooting sports success
Scotland's success at last year's Commonwealth Games and our potential for more
shooting sports achievements was recognised by the Scottish government when
Minister for Commonwealth Games & Sport
Shona Robison announced the launch of the sportscotland
Athlete Personal Awards (SAPAs).
Managed by the sportscotland
institute of sport, this new three-year initiative offers an annual financial
award of £3,000, £5,000 or £10,000 to individual athletes who are considered to
have the potential to deliver a medal winning performance at the Glasgow 2014
Commonwealth Games (and / or London 2012 Olympics).
In the first of three, annual award announcements, forty-five athletes across 13
sports will receive awards totalling £204,000. And Scotland's shooters -
Jen McIntosh, Jon Hammond, Neil Stirton, Matt Thomson, Shona Marshall and John
MacDonald - have all been awarded between £5000 and £10,000 each.
here for more details of the awards.
Spence beats the gremlins to
win at Denwood
Orkney's Bobby Spence survived target changers that blew open
in the gusts of Denwood to win SSRA grand prix IV and the Grampian Open title.
In the ISSF-style final his 101.4 added to his qualifying score of
591 for a total of 692.4 and kept Tom Hodgson at Sinclair Bruce at bay. Hodgson
scored an excellent 103.2 in the final and, added to his qualifying 587, gave
him a total of 690.2. Scotland coach Bruce, pictured right, who must have won
the award for best-dressed tartan rug wearer in the chilly conditions, scored
588+ 101.6 for a total of 689.6 and third place.
The conditions tested the skills - and the patience - of the
competitors after a series of power failures on the Saturday led to the
cancellation of the finals for the 3P event. Mark Szymankiewicz won the
men's 3X40 event with a score of 1132 and Sheena Sharp the women's 3X20 with
560. The inclement weather - well it was August in Scotland after all - meant
that rain squalls and wind gusts led to a game of musical chairs over the whole
weekend as a number of Gehmann target changers failed and shooters had to be
shunted around for workable firing points. The event's apprentice range officers
found themselves kept on their toes as they battled to beat the gremlins.
In the end, though, it was Spence who came out on
top. And thanks to some generous contributions of kit from fellow competitors,
he will make his first venture into 3P at the final 3P GP on 3 September, also
in Aberdeen. Of his preparations he commented:
"Bobby's 3P challenge....starting to tweak things! Some for
better some for worse! One day left to prepare.... challenge is
the right word!" on Facebook.
For full class results from the weekend, go to the Domestic
Help Scotland's squads keep
on target for success
One of the major steps
forward for the Scottish rifle shooters in the four years between the 2006 and
2010 Commonwealth Games was the increasing availability of electronic targets to
train on. An initial purchase of two Megalink 4K300 units in early 2006 was
followed over the next three years with four more of these units – suitable for
use with smallbore rifles at 50m and with air rifles and air pistols at 10m –
along with two of the larger 4K560 units suitable for use with smallbore rifles
and free pistols at 50m.
There are currently
insufficient for our whole squad to train on them at once, which leads to
continued reliance on the ageing set of paper target changers at Denwood, and
makes it much harder for the coaches to have good visibility of how the athletes
are progressing within a training session.
longer term objective of having sufficient units to allow the SSRA Grand Prix
and Championship events at Denwood to be run on them would reduce substantially
the workload on the volunteers, provide results in real time and narrow the gap
between the experience of competing in domestic competitions and the realities
of international shooting. The competition for medals at the Commonwealth Games
such as India and Australia have such facilities in abundance, providing top
class facilities all year round. A significant advantage over our athletes.
The 4K300 units are the
preferred option for these purposes, with the flexibility to use them for both
Air Rifle and Smallbore events. With four additional units it would be possible
to hold the finals at the 10m & 50m Championships and the Grand Prix matches
with them, providing a much better experience for athletes and spectators
alike. They are also relatively portable, providing the opportunity for
athletes to use them for day to day training on their home ranges.
We are seeking sponsors
to help with providing more of these targets in order to support the progress of
the current generation of rifle shooters who have done Scotland proud in recent
Commonwealth Games and other international competitions, along with the next
generation of young athletes who are inspired by the prospect of a home
Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.
One target costs
somewhere about the £3,700 mark – depending on the vagaries of the Pound/Euro
exchange rate and shipping costs – with some additional infrastructure costs
likely if we can progress beyond ten targets. We are happy to discuss all kinds
of options with individuals, clubs, associations, businesses and anyone else who
would be interested in supporting our ongoing programme. Please feel free to
contact Donald McIntosh (email@example.com)
or Sinclair Bruce (firstname.lastname@example.org)
for more details or if you have any questions.
http://www.megalink.no/defaultEN.htm for technical information about
Megalink electronic targets.
Hold that ferry - here comes
Spence, 27, must surely be one of the furthest travelled members of the Scotland
squad in the UK, for he lives and works in Orkney. Despite this logistical
handicap he has travelled the length of Britain to compete, including the Island
Games on the Isle of Wight, the NSRA Scottish meeting in Caithness - practically
a home gig for this amiable man - and all without any official funding.
Speaking ahead of this weekend's SSRA Grand Prix at Denwood, only one question
seemed relevant: "How do you manage it?"
"With a lot of hard work," laughed Spence, 27. "I save all my money to do it and
just budget around it." He can claim to get some financial support - from the
ferry company for "frequent flier mileage". He's lost count of the amount of
trips he's made to the mainland in 2011 but thinks he has around 20 planned for
"It's something I'm passionate about," he said of target shooting," and
something I enjoy.It was last year, I decided ' right, I'm going to take it
As for training on Orkney itself... "there is an indoor club, with three firing
points, open once a week, but I've managed to persuade the caretaker to let me
in two or three times a week," he said. "There are no outdoor facilities at all
but I've bought a few wind flags and my dad has built a mobile bullet catcher,
it's an old trailer that we've cut the back end off of and put a big steel plate
on, on my cousin's farm."
Not ideal, but the alternative is to travel to Wick or Denwood for outdoor
Spence did reasonably well at the Scottish with the odd trophy >cough<...so many
in fact that he almost missed the ferry home after picking up the Mowat Cup at
the Caithness Open after a tie-shoot with David Simpson, catching the boat with
just ten minutes to spare.
"I'm quite good at that," he smiled wryly. "The ferry people are used to me
arriving late but usually I phone ahead and they wait."
Spence started shooting small bore when he was 17, but stopped in 2003 for four
years because he could not afford to carry on when he at Napier University
studying mechanical engineering. Only when he graduated in 2007 did he take up
the sport again and bought his new rifle. "I shot indoors for a few years," he
said, "learning how to do it again and last year I started competing again and
doing it properly."
Was he surprised by the level of success he had in Caithness? "Yeah, it was
beyond my expectations...."
And for those of you who shoot air rifle, look out - Spence has recently
acquired an air rifle and is currently reacquainting himself with the
Success for Scots at Bisley
as Sharp hits 100 mark
Sunshining stars: The Scotland main team (R Simpson, G
Shedden, J Paterson, J Henderson, S Bates, W Vaughan, M Mutch, W Baird, W
Hamilton [capt], C de Jonckheere, W Brown), junior team (A Ozmond, M
Ozmond [capt], E Steeples, S Malone) and ladies team (F Shedden, M Melvin, S
Bates, J Ballantyne, A Hamilton [secretary], S Sharp [capt], M Bexley).
Scotland won the Home Countries Junior International match at
Bisley for the ESSU Bisley trophy. Expertly wind coached by Julie Ballantyne and
captained by Mike Ozmond, the team of Andrew Ozmond, Seoc Malone and Emma
Steeples left England in second with Wales third.
Scotland 50m 100yds
S Malone 192 191
A Ozmond 192 191 383
E Steeples 193 188 381
Team total: 1147 ex1200. England total: 1130. Wales total:1125.
Sadly the main team and ladies came up short in their
international matches but this could not dampen Sheena Sharp's moment of glory,
as she notched up her 100th cap for Scotland.
Meanwhile, Sarah Bates won promotion to X class after
finishing second in A class and was selected for the Randle match. Amongst the
Scots in X class, Mel Mutch was second, James Paterson was sixth and James
Henderson made the top ten. Seoc Malone and Andrew Ozmond were selected for the
GB Drew match (50m junior postal
event against USA/Canada/South Africa/NZ), while
Henderson, Bill Baird and Bill Vaughan made the final of the Roberts.
For more detailed scores,
visit the NSRA website.
News from World University
Kay Copland made it to the qualifying round of the Women's
Prone in the World University Games at Shenzhen in China but her score of 585 ex
600 was not enough to make the final. Earlier she had scored 591 in the
Elimination round. Rory McAlpine (581) and Olly Barron (584) came up short in
their Men's Prone bid.
Search begins to find Olympic
volunteers for ceremonies
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and
Paralympics Games (LOCOG) has begun a search for adult volunteer performers to
participate in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic
Artistic Directors Danny Boyle and Kim Gavin are searching for 10,000 volunteer
performers to fill roles as dancers, actors, percussionists and general
all-round performers in the Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies respectively.
Successful applications will perform in front of a packed Olympic Stadium and a
worldwide broadcast audience of more than one billion
Applicants must be able to participate in up to two auditions that will take
place evenings and weekends in November and early December of this year, up to
two or three rehearsal sessions each week of up to four hours per session from
March 2012, and a number of all-day rehearsals in the three weeks leading up to
each Ceremony. All of these rehearsals will take place in East London.
Bill Morris, LOCOG Director of Ceremonies, Education and Live Sites, said: ‘To
deliver Ceremonies of this scale a significant amount of time commitment is
required from the volunteer performers. Performers will be required to attend up
to two or three rehearsals each week in London from March 2012 so applicants
should consider this. Previous performance experience is not required for people
to apply, applicants simply need lots of enthusiasm, personality, and a positive
People can find more information and register their interest for this
opportunity by completing the online application form at www.london2012.com/ceremoniescasting.
The deadline for receipt of applications is Wednesday 31 August and it is not a
first come first served process. To be eligible applicants must be aged 18 years
or older on 1 March 2012. Only one application per person will be accepted and
if LOCOG receives over 15,000 applications a computerised draw will be used to
randomly create the short list for auditions.
Alloa scores surface at last
No, that's not a misprint....for Alloa's 50m Open shoot
was ultimately conducted in monsoon conditions and more fishing permits were
being awarded than competition stickers. The moral of this story is shoot your
cards on the first day when conditions were fine, but nonetheless that didn't
stop Dave Caughey from winning A Class with a score of 592 just ahead of R
Simpson who matched his score but lost out on countback. Class B went to Billy
Crawford with 584, Class C to J Allan on 570 and D Class to E McIntyre with a
score of 543. Competition organiser Willie McAulay reported a satisfying entry
for the event - 35 in total being broadly the same as last year - and looks
forward to making it bigger and better next year.
Detailed scores from all the event's competitions are
Zinging in the rain: All this 50m point needed was a diving
Scots so close in Belgrade
Despite excellent performances from the Scottish contingent
in the GB team at the European Championships in Serbia, there was frustration
after the Women's 3P and the Men's Prone.
Jen McIntosh scored 575 in the Women's 3P, ahead of England's
Michelle Smith with 572 and Wales' Jenny Corish with 562. McIntosh's score was
so close to achieving a quota place for next year's Olympics, only to be denied
by X-bull count. The event was won by Germany's Sonja Pfeilschifter whose
qualification score of 588 was followed by 97.5 in the final for a total of
Matthew Thomson with 596, Jon Hammond with 593 and Neil Stirton
with 591 made it through the Elimination round to reach Friday's Qualification
round in the Men's Prone. There Thomson repeated his feat by scoring 596 with
Hammond matching that and Stirton scoring 592 - but on a day of high scores
their efforts did not prove to be enough to reach the final where Slovenia's
Rajmond Debevec's qualification score of 598 was added to with 104.8 for a
total of 702.8.
On Wednesday, Jen McIntosh scored 584 in the Women's Prone, on a day when Michelle Smith was denied gold after
losing out to Sweden's Marie Enqvist with a lower X bull count after both women
scored 595. Jenny Corish also recorded 584 and the GB team finished sixth.
The previous day had seen competitors faced with a tricky set of wind conditions
and Rory McAlpine scored 579 and Fraser Cheetham 575 for Great Britain in the Junior
Men's Prone. The GB team finished 11th.
Eastern promise for Scots
Coach Sinclair Bruce will be heading for China next month
with the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) squad for the World
University Games in Shenzen from 12-23 August. Amongst the Scots in the squad
are Ollie Barron (University of Aberdeen), Kay Copland (University of Aberdeen)
and Rory McAlpine (St Andrews).
Paterson and McIntosh lift
50m championship titles at Denwood
In the afternoon's blue riband event, James Paterson emerged
victorious in the Men's 50m Prone event. His score of 693.9 won the title, with
Jon Hammond who won a tie shoot for second and 692.7 against Northern
Ireland's Matthew Hall.
Jen McIntosh won the Women's 3P title with a storming score of
674.7. In second place was Jenny Corish with 665.8 and third was Helen Warnes with 664.1.
Detailed results from all the weekend's events are now available on the Domestic
From left: James Paterson accepts some of his prize haul,
including a bottle of whisky, from chief range officer Ivor French; Jen McIntosh
shows off her 3P trophy, and Jon Hammond shows us all how to deal with the chill
on the firing point at Denwood thanks to his trusty sleeping bag...clearly he
spends far too much time in West Virginia working!
Scottish Air Rifle Blind
Shooting Championships announced
The Scottish Air Rifle Blind Shooting Championships,
incorporating a Home Countries International against England, will be staged at Denwood
on 27-28 August, making it a bumper weekend with 3P and Prone GPs also taking
place. Our partners RWS will
award pellets as part of the prizes for this event.
Jim Hammond is the organiser of the Scottish Air Rifle Blind
Championships. "We've always had the best blind shooters in Britain," he said of
the competition. "The championships have been staged on more or less the same
weekend at Denwood for the last three or four years. There's usually been a 3P
Grand Prix on the Saturday but not usually a Prone GP on the Sunday."
For those unfamiliar about how blind shooters go about their sport, Hammond
explained: "There's what looks like a telescopic sight on the air rifle and it
translates light intensity into sound. The targets go from black at the edges to
white in the middle. And what the shooter hears on the headphones is a
dull-pitched hum on the black and a high pitch on the white. It's very variable
and you do need quite good hearing as well as being able to shoot!"
The course of fire is 60 shots, exactly the same as the standard air rifle
There are also different disciplines. "What's called stand assisted: in which
they rest the rifle on a stand which has a coiled spring in it so it's not
steady, you have to hold it steady. The other is normal air rifle, free
standing," Hammond said.
This year the plan is to use four lanes operating with electronic targets all
linked up to a computer and the [projection] screen, a technique which worked
well at the Scottish 50m Championships.
Click on the link on the SSRA calendar page to send Jim
Hammond an email for an entry form or further details about blind shooting.
Scottish 50m Championships:
James Huckle and Jenny Corish took gold on the first day of
Denwood's Scottish 50m Championships. Huckle won the men's 3P competition with a
score of 1243.8 beating Ken Parr's score of 1239.2. The host club's
Neil Stirton came third with 1235.8. And Cambridge-based Jenny Corish took
the Women's Prone title with 591 ahead of Sarah Bates on 582 and Jen McIntosh on
579. The Prone final was broadcast to spectators with Megalink projections of
the actual shots in real time, an encouraging development for the SSRA's ISSF-compliant
events. In the Confined titles (open to Scottish entrants) were 1: Sarah Bates
2. Jen McIntosh and 3. Sarah Brown for Women's Prone. The Men's 3P Confined was
won by 1. Neil Stirton 2. Jon Hammond and 3. Andrew Ross. Detailed results,
including the scores in the finals, are available on the Domestic Results page.
Beat the clock for Scottish
Competition organiser Jim McIntosh advises that entries are now full for the Men’s Prone elimination rounds for Sunday 24 July at
Denwood. The event promises to be very well represented with an estimated 60
SSRA members taking part, and including Scots GB squad shooters such as Neil
Stirton and Jen McIntosh who returned from Austria this week after a successful
visit to the IWK Tyrol 2011 competition.
The results from the third Three-Position Grand Prix of the
season are available on the Domestic Results page.
Take the Alloa challenge . .
A reminder that Alloa & District Rifle Club stage their 50m
Open Challenge event at the Tullygarth range on 6-7 August. Entry forms are
available by clicking on the link from the SSRA event calendar page.
Bates shows her appetite for
success in Caithness SSRA
10 July 2011
Sarah Bates, currently based in Edinburgh but due to move to Caithness
shortly, emerged triumphant from the latest SSRA Grand Prix, held at Thurdistoft,
the venue for the NSRA Scottish meeting, in the third GP of the season. Tucking
into a well-earned cake from the excellent local WRI service, Sarah explained
that she only travelled to the area on Friday and showed her strength in the 50m
event, coming out on top in the ISSF-style final. Look out for the detailed
Thanks to local organiser Marty Simpson's hard work, the results from the
Caithness SBRA county meeting (which also include the SSRA GP results) are
here. And webmaster Colin Watson has come up with a tongue-in-cheek
diary from his week in Caithness, including never before seen photos...click
at The Scottish
8 July 2011
Alloa and District's Sinclair Bruce has won the Earl Haig
competition at the NSRA Scottish meeting in Caithness. Bruce, recently appointed
a full-time coach through Sportscotland, took his medal haul of 12 trophies last
year a stage further with victory in the Haig. The one-time Commonwealth Games
shooter, also a member with Balerno & Currie, may now be under some
good-natured pressure to enter the Scottish 50m championships in Denwood after
all at the end of the month after his great achievement. His traditional hurl in
the Earl Haig chair from the other finalists was topped off with a medicinal
dram - and a celebratory Tunnock's teacake from the SSRA hack. It's hoped to publish still pictures and
video from the Earl Haig ceremony soon. Pictured left, Sinclair Bruce is carried
high, after a chat with his canine pal, Willow, right.
for more info from this year's NSRA meeting and photographs via the flickr site.
Scotland does the double at
8 July 2011
The annual Scotland-England match at The Scottish saw
Scotland come away with a win from both the main and Ladies teams: Scotland's
women's team of SE Brown, FE Shedden, S Sharp, M Bexley and M Melvin scored
77 off ex 400 against England's 82. The main team of JG Shedden, L Thomson,
AS Bruce, J Henderson, J Cole-Hamilton, WT Vaughan, STM Malone, RG Spence, H Simpson
and I Burton scored 117 off to England's 136.
left: The Scotland main team of JG Shedden, L Thomson,
AS Bruce, J Henderson, WT Vaughan, J Cole-Hamilton, STM Malone, RG Spence, H Simpson
and I Burton (reserves:JF Smith, Miss SE Brown). At right, Scotland ladies: SE
Brown, FE Shedden, S Sharp, M Bexley, M Melvin
"The Scottish": Make sure you
use your vote!
7 July 2011
The future of the annual NSRA Scottish meeting has come under
following some recent success in reducing the costs of organising and running
the national meetings, the NSRA Board of Management are looking closely at ways
of maintaining this momentum without compromising the opportunity for members to
participate in the national meeting. The SSRA urges everyone who is interested
in securing the future of this historic meeting to reply to the NSRA
questionaire by clicking here.
All replies must be returned to Ali Aitken at the NSRA
the next two weeks.
Freuchie final: Ogle puts
rivals to the sword
7 July 2011
The SSRA Freuchie competition, a traditional event held
during lunchbreaks at the Scottish, reached a conclusion today when Bill
Vaughan, Cliff Ogle and Jim Cole-Hamilton held their nerve in the blustery winds
of Caithness to reach the final where Cliff Ogle emerged triumphant and
was awarded the impressive Wilkinson sword trophy. The C&D final was contested between
Steve Gemmell, Adam Dove and Michael Baker and Adam Dove came away with the
Cliff Ogle is presented with his prizes by Mark Swift from RWS.
"The Scottish" 2011:
Qualifiers for Earl Haig final
3 July 2011
After the first round of this year's Haig trophy, the
following competitors made it through to Friday's final round at Thurdistoft Range
JA Henderson. STM Malone, WT Vaughan, CG De Jonckheere, JR Sinclair, FA
Spence*. SE Brown*, SM Sharp, JR Brown, RB Campbell, AS
Bruce, IR Malone, WMJ Cole-Hamilton, J Paterson, RG Spence *, TF Hodgson, E
Paton*, JG Shedden, M Bexley and
In addition, S Dixon, A Dove, and F Howden have qualified for the B, C and D
(Competitors with an asterisk have qualified for the B,C and D final).
The future's bright...the
27 June 2011
second year of Alloa & District Rifle Club's Triple Dewar saw an increased entry
from the 2010 debut, 35 from 28. More and more target shooters it seems are
taking the opportunity to use the event's proximity to the NSRA Scottish meeting
as a worthwhile preparation competition and this year's entries brought
competitors from as far away as London. Alloa shooters cleared the boards,
explained organiser Willie McAulay, and interestingly five out of the six
competitions were won by shooters using RWS ammunition.
James Brown won Class A, Billy Crawford B Class, Willie
McAulay C Class and T Kenny, with only a few months experience in target
shooting, took the honours in D Class. Away from the serious business of winning
medals and cash prizes, there was time to introduce some new features at the
range, such as a cunning device to stop novice shooters (you know who you are)
from cross-shooting and a chance for Alloa to take its youth policy to a new
level with an introduction to the sport for Willie McAulay's grandson Jack,
shown above, with the emphasis on understanding safety and instilling
confidence working with firearms under close supervision. More detailed scores
are available here.
Your country needs you - Part
19 June 2011
The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow are now just three years
away. While the choice of Barry Buddon as the venue for the shooting events has
not been a popular one, nonetheless the programme is now moving forward and we
now wish to collect the names of those willing to commit themselves at this
point in time to getting involved.
The requirements for the Games are listed below:-
1. International Qualified Technical Officials
2. National Qualified Technical Officials
3. Sport Specific Volunteers
read the full details from the SSRA's Jim McIntosh. Contact Jim
Scots produce best of British
as they plunder prizes at Bisley
12 June 2011
Matthew Thomson won the British 50m Men's Prone title at Bisley as
he led a Scots raid on one of Britain's biggest events.
Thomson scored 695 (592
plus 103 in the ten-shot final) to see off compatriot and Commonwealth Games
champion Jon Hammond by just 0.2 points. There were four Scots in the
eight-man final with Aberdeen's Neil Stirton sixth and James Henderson from
Scotland's men team of Thomson, Hammond and
Stirton won the team event with 1774 to England's 1763 and Northern
Commonwealth champion Jen McIntosh won the Women's Three-Position event and
set a record at Scottish Junior and Senior levels as well as the British
Junior and Senior qualification mark. She beat Jenny Corish of Wales by 12.2
points with a score of 678.4. Edinburgh-born McIntosh also won silver in
the Women's Prone event.
The NSRA has listed scores from this weekend's British 50m
Championships at Bisley and you can study them
Venue for SSRA AGM announced
11 June 2011
The SSRA AGM 2011 will be held on Sunday 3 July
at the Park Hotel in Thurso, from 7.30pm. There will be a
pre-meeting for members of the SSRA council at 6.30pm. The agenda
and previous minutes will be distributed shortly by email, or post
to those who have not registered an email address. Meanwhile, a
selection of photos from the recent Grand Prix at Gagie have now
been published - see the report below.
Deadlines extended for Caithness
11 June 2011
The 2011 Scottish and Bisley national meetings will be held in
Castletown, Wick (2 to 8 July 2011) and Bisley (13 to 21 August
2011) respectively. The
Scottish meeting deadline for entries has passed, however due to the
low turnout at the closing date, it has been decided to extend the
deadline until 22 June 2011 without
the additional late fee being required.
Any competitor who wishes to enter either of the meetings can do so
by following the link below where the entry forms can be downloaded,
or by calling 01483 485508 and requesting an entry form by mail.
here for the Scottish meeting and
here for the Bisley meeting.
Anyone wishing to enter the Scottish meeting is asked to submit
their entries as soon as possible in order that the entry can be
processed by the closing date. Payment
may be made by credit card; anyone wishing to use this service is to
call 01483 485508 with their card details. Please
either email or fax (01483 476392) your entry forms before calling
to pay by credit card.
For further information, contact
Competitions Department on email@example.com
Scottish Government wants
'fantastic training facility' for shooting, says Robison
7 June 2011
The quest for a purpose-built shooting centre in Scotland
took another twist when Commonwealth Games and Sports Minister Shona Robison was
grilled by John Beattie and Rhona McLeod on Radio Scotland's Sport Nation
programme on funding for facilities. . .
"Jen McIntosh, our top shooter, she hints at what every other sport would ask
you," said Beattie. "'We'd like an indoor centre of our own, please' she
says.'Any sign of a permanent facility being built for the most successful
TeamScotland sport of the Commonwealth Games 2010?' I think she lives in Alloa
and trains in Aberdeen. You could build them an indoor centre, too."
Robison replied: "In terms of shooting, we have been having some really
constructive discussions with the governing bodies what the legacy may be around
shooting for the Commonwealth Games and one of the things I'm hoping we can
agree upon is some kind of good quality, fit for purpose, training facility for
our athletes. That has been put on the table as something we'd like to work with
them towards so they don't have to go to Aberdeen [Denwood] because Aberdeen
doesn't have the facilities they require. They require more facilities than are
they told us that very clearly. So we're keen to work with the athletes, to work
with the governing bodies, to look at how a part of the legacy can be a
fit-for-purpose training facility in a reasonably easy to access location and
hopefully we can take these discussions forward."
Rhona McLeod asked: "We've kind of heard this before and it's just nailing down
the amounts of money and the timeline with this. How serious a commitment is
this, is this going to happen before 2014? Is it going to happen in 20 years'
time from now?"
"The discussions we've had are at a fairly early stage, it has to be said, with
the governing bodies," Robison went on. "But the legacy was to look at something
that was from 2014 onwards to make sure that there is something there that is a
fantastic training facility, hopefully for those athletes that will be coming
through who are inspired to take up the sport and who are reaching a very high
level within their sport. Having something for shooting that can allow those
athletes to perform at that level I think that would be a great legacy.
"But it's early days, early discussions about timescales and all the rest. But
we are, from the Scottish Government's point of view, very very keen to take
that forward and hopefully we can achieve something special."
"Good news for the shooters then," said Beattie.
Caughey comes out on top at
7 June 2011
Caughey came through to win the second SSRA Prone Grand Prix of 2011 - an
ideal confidence booster for his forthcoming World Cup trip to Munich.
Gagie, so often home to a downpour, was
flat calm on Sunday for the first two details of the elimination round. With such benign conditions the competitors took advantage, with
an excellent 599 ex 600 from Olly Barron showing the way in A class.
While there were a number of notable
performances and personal bests on the day, it was the future of target shooting
which was the real winner. Ashleigh Taylor, just one of a number of Juniors
present, simply got stronger as the day wore on and won the C&D final.
"One comment I heard at the back was the
average age amongst the competitors was cut in half compared to the past, this
is great we should be able to sustain our competitive shooters for Scotland in
depth in the future," said the SSRA's Jim McIntosh.
The class winners were awarded prizes of
R50 ammunition thanks to SSRA sponsors RWS.
For the the A&B final Caughey and Robert
Spence arrived on the firing point with the same qualifying scores of 596, just
ahead of the other six finalists, with Sinclair Bruce and Martin McGill going
great guns. Spence started strongly and held the lead for the first five shots
of the ten-shot final, but Caughey dug in and pulled the deficit back by the
sixth and from that point on did not relinquish his lead.
All in all it was a great weekend for competitive
shooting in Scotland and a great number of PBs collected on the way. Spence did it twice the second one by a considerable margin.
A/B Final aggregates: D Caughey 700.8; R
Spence 698.2; O Barron 697.4; S Bruce 694.6; M McGill 694.1; D Simpson 693.4; H
Simpson 691.2. M Bexley 687.0.
Full results on the Domestic Results page.
From left: Overall winner Dave Caughey gets yet more Scotch
from Jim McIntosh after last year's win at Gagie; Ashleigh Taylor is
congratulated by SSRA chairman Ian Thomson after her win in the C+D final; Bobby
Spence's trip from Orkney was worth the while and Olly Barron may have come up
short in the final but his superb 599 still made it a day to savour. Photographs
courtesy of Bruce McIntosh and Sarah Brown.
McIntosh and Ross take the honours
4 June 2011
McIntosh won the Women's 3x20 event and Andrew Ross the Men's 3x40 event in the latest SSRA 3P Grand Prix
In variable temperatures in Aberdeen on Saturday, all
the competitors had to deal with tricky conditions.The women showed that
their continuing hard work in the three-position discipline is paying off.
Maria Bexley managed to beat Sarah Bates this time but lost out to Sarah in
the GP final. McIntosh produced a steady show to come out on top overall but
she was not happy with her own performance.The gentlemen had to cope with
some target malfunctions with Ross taking the honours and the Malone family
of Iain and Seoc changing places this time around.
Andrew Ross goes it alone, left, while pictured right, the GP
final gets underway.
Full results on the Domestic Results page
|Scots team for ISSF British 50m Champs
2 June 2011
The line-up for the British 50m Championships on 10-12 June at
Bisley has been announced.
Sarah Bates, Kay Copland, Jennifer McIntosh.
Sarah Bates, Kay Copland, Jennifer McIntosh.
Jon Hammond, James Paterson, Neil Stirton.
Jon Hammond, Neil Stirton, Matthew Thomson
This news comes hard on the heels of the British team being
announced for the next round of the ISSF World Cup in Munich, where Dave Caughey
joins Jon Hammond, Neil Stirton and Matthew Thomson in the Men's 50m Rifle
Prone, Hammond and Stirton feature in the Men's 50m 3P Rifle, and Jen McIntosh
takes part in the 10m Women's Air Rifle and the 50m 3P Women's Rifle.
|McIntosh enters Hall of Fame
2 June 2011
The University of Edinburgh has honoured Shirley McIntosh by
inducting her into its Sports Hall of Fame. The first all-female list of
inductees since the awards began three years ago, McIntosh is joined by
Cathy Panton-Lewis, co-founder
of Europe’s first ladies golfing tour, and
world champion orienteer Yvette Baker in receiving the
highest sporting honour the university can bestow. Click
here to read more.
| It really is Great Outdoors
29 May 2011
The first of the SSRA Outdoor taster sessions took place at
Alloa's Tullygarth range. The object, to give new target shooters the
chance to experience 50m and 100yard shooting, proved to be an ideal snapshot of
the Great Outdoors - the range was hit with wildly gusting wind, torrential
rain, sunshine...all in one afternoon. But with other, experienced outdoor shots
to hand to help with understanding the different techniques required for the
discipline, Edinburgh-based Michelle Galea was one of the visitors impressed
with her day out and has the bug. "It was a great experience," she said. "I'll
Alloa's Willie McAulay plans further taster sessions, but to
register your interest, click
| GB pair edged out in
22 May 2011
Thomson and Jonathan Hammond's bid for glory in the Men's 50m Prone at the ISSF World Cup in Fort Benning,
Georgia fell short in the qualifying round after scores of 595 and 593
respectively. Austria's Christian Planer who scored 599 and Sergei Martynov of
Belarus on 598, led the way into the final where 596 marked the cut. In the
final, Germany's Henri Junghaenel emerged victorious with 597+105.6, landing
gold ahead of Martynov (103.1) and Serbian Nemanya Mirosavljev with 597+103.3.
The day before, Edinburgh athlete Thomson had forged his way
in the Elimination with
a 598 (included 42 inner bulls). Bested only by Martynov, the
current world champion, who delivered what is believed to be the eighth perfect
600 of his target shooting career, Thomson staked his claim with Virginia-based Hammond who scored 595. Fellow Scot
Neil Stirton missed the cut for the qualifying round by an agonising one point,
definitely pleased with my score especially because it was pretty tricky
conditions," said Thomson of his 598 on facebook.
|New territory for Paterson
21 May 2011
In his first international Prone final, James Paterson came in
a highly creditable sixth in the ISCH event in Hannover recently. After a score
of 595 he shot 103 in the final itself.
|Get ready for the Triple Dewar
21 May 2011
Alloa RC's Tullygarth range hosts the Triple Dewar
competition on Saturday and Sunday 25&26 June. First details commence at 9am
each day and for entry forms or just to request additional information, please
click the link on the Calendar page.
|STSF seeks Chair
18 May 2011
The Scottish Target Shooting Federation, known as Scottish
Target Shooting (STS), is seeking to recruit a Chair to head up the Council
Executive (Management Board).Applications by letter to be received by 15th June
for details and how to apply.
|Caithness goes online...
17 May 2011
The Caithness Scottish Open
Rifle Meeting web site has
been set up to promote this
year's NSRA 2011 Scottish
Meeting for all small-bore
rifle shooters around the
|Elementary my Dear Denwood
11 May 2011
The weather in Scotland threw everything it could at the
competitors at Denwood for the Denwood Open and first Prone Grand Prix of the
season, the venue having hosted the first 3P GP on the Saturday. Kay Copland won
the Junior event with 592, and was just pipped by Martin McGill for A class
honours with 593. The Commonwealth Games Women's Pairs champion pulled out all
the stops in the A&B final though, where a fine 103.6 ensured she took the major
honours for the day.
B Class went to Olly Barron, C Class to Iain Malone and D
Class to L Thomson who went on to win the C&D final with 578.
"Saturday was fine weather wise, although the range was not
full - we had two ladies and four gents shooting the 3P and three juniors at the
far end getting in some range time with their coaches," writes Jim McIntosh.
Sarah Bates won the 3X20 event with a score of 639.3, while
Fraser Cheetham took the honours in the 3X40 event with 1084+96.0.
"As for Sunday, the overnight rain made getting to the
range tricky," McIntosh went on. "That was the start of a difficult day to say
the least, the first detail actually went quite well with no equipment failures.
The second detail was fully booked with the range officers getting soaked
loading the target changer boxes, so on the detail wet cards stuck to the
backing support with subsequent card failures swhich meant that both 'hospital
bays' (additional targets set up to cope with such failures) were in use and
still on sighters."
At least two competitors moved to the third squad, which by
that time was getting full. The list of failures by that time was keeping
the range offices having difficult in keeping track of where everyone was. The
weather then decided not to punish them any more and the C&D final finished up
with the sun coming through.
The A&B qualifying was contested in such fine
conditions that sunglasses were being required to find the shots on the cards.
The final was shot late (from 4pm) but the sun stayed out.
The event was the first in which, courtesy of our partners
RWS, top-of-the-range R50 ammunition was awarded to the first and second prone
shooter in each class, along with prizes of Scotch whisky.
|Scots do Grand in Pilzen
10 May 2011
Matthew Thomson headed the list of Scots at the Grand Prix of
Liberation in the Czech Republic with 597 in the Men's Prone followed by Dave
Caughey on 596 and James Paterson on 590. Paterson went on to score 579 in the
10m Men's Air Rifle. Jen McIntosh scored 395 in the Women's 10m Air Rifle and
569 in the Women's 3P while Andrew Ross scored 1113 in the Men's 3P event
and 554 in the 10m Men's Air Rifle. For full results data, click
|Heroes of Delhi given
6 May 2011
Jen McIntosh, Jon Hammond, Neil Stirton, Kay Copland,
Shona Marshall, Angus McLeod and Ian Shaw have all been rewarded for their
superb achievements last year in the Commonwealth Games. Each gold medallist
receives £10,000 and for details click
here and, for reaction in the sports press, click
here. And McIntosh was voted the Aberdeen Sport Person of the Year ahead of
swimmer Robbie Renwick and Hammond.
|Scores on the doors at
4 May 2011
Results from the recent Watsonian Rifle Club Open are now
|Room at the top . . .
4 May 2011
British Shooting is on the look-out for a new and independent chair,
The Chair will provide leadership and direction to the Board, the Chief
Executive and, crucially, to the many parts of British Shooting.
The Chair will
ensure that British Shooting has a strategic plan and
lead the strategic interaction with a range of sporting agencies. Click
here for full details.
|Caithness is calling you
28 April 2011
There's no need to leave the beautiful wilds of Caithness
after the NSRA Scottish meeting as you can enter the Caithness Open
meeting which includes the second SSRA grand prix. A gentle reminder that entry forms can be found
(and also on the calendar page)
|Get your entries in for
19 April 2011
The entry form for the NSRA's Scottish Meeting 2011, which
will be held at Castletown between 2 - 8 July 2011 is now available
forms may also be downloaded from the NSRA website, or if you require a hard
copy, please contact the NSRA Competitions Department.
|World University Games
18 April 2011
The time is close for selection for this event and those who
wish to make themselves available must register with BUCS by 1st
here for details on selection policy and more information
or visit the British Shooting site.
|Sunshine on Denwood
18 April 2011
No, honestly it's true. No sleeping bags, no mystery
competitors, no double hats (probably)...a beautiful day was had for the SSRA
All Ranges match, and the results are available on the Domestic Results page.
|SSRA Air Rifle league
18 April 2011
The final results from this league are now available on the
Domestic Results page.
|Testing times in Changwon
14 April 2011
Jon Hammond scored 1157 in the elimination round of the Men's
3P event at the ISSF World Cup in Changwon, South Korea with Neil Stirton
on 1145 but it was not enough to make the final stage where England's James
Huckle made it through, finishing sixth with 1168+99.1.
|SSRA Team Prone League:
11 April 2011
Division 1: Bon Accord held off Watsonians,
who fell off a cliff in the last two rounds, to win
on aggregate after tieing on points. Top average:
Ken Silver (Bon Accord) – 1.0.
Division 2: Larbert were runaway winners,
only dropping one point over the season with
Callander a distant second. Top average: Gordon
Motion (Callander) – 1.1.
Division 3: In a very tight division,
Inverurie & Oldmeldrum got the better of Alloa &
District to win by two points. Top average:
Robin Law (Alloa & District) - 2.0
Division 4: George Watson’s College only had
the third-best average but kept winning matches and
beat their mentors Watsonians B into 2nd place. Top
average: Robin Thomson (Watsonians) - 1.7
Despite losing their last
two matches (their only losses), Orkney B held on to
win over Clachnacuddin C. Top average: A M
Bexley (Clachnacuddin) - 3.0
The results and averages for
Rounds 9 and 10 of the Team Prone League are now
available on the Domestic Results page.
Our thanks go to Bill Hamilton
for his diligent work in compiling the scores. After
six seasons, he has decided to take a well-earned
rest and so the SSRA will be on the look-out for a
new league organiser for next season – anyone
interested should contact the Executive Officer,
10 April 2011
A reminder that the All Ranges competition takes place at
Denwood next Sunday and also that the new C&D Prone postal league will start
next month with the last date for entry Sat 30th April.
|Blow for Scots in South Korea
11 April 2011
Competing as part of the GB team, Neil Stirton (596), Jon
Hammond (595) and Matthew Thomson (595) made it through the elimination round of
the ISSF World Cup Men's 50m Prone event in Changwon, South Korea. In the
qualification round, however, the weather took a turn for the worse. "Nasty
cold and windy day in Changwon." tweeted coach Donald McIntosh. Hammond came
away with a score of 590, Thomson 588, and Stirton 584 and they did not
make the final - the cut-off score being 593. Thomson explained what he had to
contend with on his Facebook page: "Still can't get over just how windy the
match was this morning! Having 30 shots to go in just ten minutes is not a good
way to finish a match. Still, quite fun though!"
|SSRA Winter comps finals
9 April 2011
Jim Cole-Hamilton won Class A of the SSRA Medal competition
after a re-gauge from Hugh Simpson following scores of 300 ex 300. Class B
honours went to Wick Old Stagers' Peter Richard and Julie Ballantyne of the Fochabers club
took the Class C title. The CanDicap competition was won by Neil McMillan from
Greenock. The 3P Championship went to James Paterson.
Final stage results from the Medal, CanDicap and 3P
Championship are now available on the Domestic Results page.
Stop press: Final (interim) results from the SSRA Prone League are now
|Setting sights on Glasgow 2014
7 April 2011
The Edinburgh Evening News has today published a story on
ISSF rifle judges in the Lothians as they begin their apprenticeships. Read the
|Caithness Open update
5 April 2011
Marty Simpson, the County secretary of the Caithness
Small-Bore Rifle Association, has advised that the recently-issued SSRA
competition entry forms for the Caithness SBRA Open contain an error which
competitors should be aware of. The form states that the Open will be held at
Wick Old Stagers range in Wick, when it should in fact be at Thurdistoft range
Castletown, where the Scottish will be held. In addition, the late entry date is
incorrect, it should be 3rd July 2011. A substitute series of forms can be
downloaded here, Part 1,
Part 2 and
|SSRA 3P League results
5 April 2011
The latest results for March are now available on the
Domestic Results page.
|Hammond so close to World
29 March 2011
Jon Hammond came agonisingly close to making the final of the Men's Prone at
the ISSF World Cup in Sydney, but his score of 594 fell just short. See
the full results
|Grand ideas for 2011
Grand Prix series
26 March 2011
500 rounds of RWS R50 ammunition are on offer at each of
the 2011 SSRA Grand Prix prone events.
The first event is the Denwood Open on 8 May, and each
class winner from A to D will be awarded 300 rounds of R50 as part of the prizes
with 200 rounds going to the second-placed competitor. If you do not already
have an entry form for the grand prix events, please click on the event link on
the Calendar page to request an entry form either in paper form or sent by
|Scots team lines up to
24 March 2011
The Scotland team to take part in the annual postal match
against New Zealand on Sunday 27 March at Balerno & Currie's range is: Main
team: T Kidner, J Latimer, D Simpson, H Simpson, G Shedden, T Hodgson, I
Henderson, R Spence, M McGill, J Cole-Hamilton, R Simpson, M Sinclair, JR
Sinclair, K Silver,
J Brown. Reserve: WT Vaughan. Junior team: J Barron, A Taylor, G Buchan,
J Sime, E Steeples. Reserve: D Brown.
|Paterson and Corish take
Air Rifle Championship titles
22 March 2011
left, won the Men's title and Wales' Sian Corish the
Ladies title at the Scottish Open Air Rifle Championships
held at the Scottish
Police College in Tulliallan over the weekend.
Sunday's championship finals and prizegiving marked the culmination of not
only a weekend of great effort from the competitors but the organisers as well
who laboured until 10pm on Friday to get the range set-up in working order.
Saturday's first detail, for the aggregate competitions, started at 9am, featured just two competitors, which gave
everyone a welcome light run to ensure the flow of equipment control and targetry etc was glitch-free to cope with the busier details throughout the next
"The equipment control was in the safe hands of Colin Watson and Gavin Walker,
who were up to date on the ISSF’s latest meanderings with regard to equipment.
Unfortunately our competitors were not," explained the SSRA's Jim McIntosh,
himself a recently qualified GB Shooting B licence rifle judge. "We did
know that trousers and jackets would be a problem and it did turn out that way.
For example, the seat patch on the trousers is now a minimum distance (150mm)
from the lower belt seam. At the next ISSF meeting it is anticipated that the
equipment control will be run according to the latest publication of February
As far as results went, the performance of the competitors, as in previous
years, was great and a number of personal bests were achieved. The finals were
run according to the latest ISSF rules clarifications with a fairly slick
operation set up to ensure the scores were collected, although Cyril de
Jonckheere did his best to keep everyone on their toes by forgetting that each
finals shot was permitted a full 75 seconds and not 45....
There were entries from across the home countries, with Wales providing three,
so a Celtic Challenge ensued. Wales were represented by Sian Corish, Mike Lewis
and David Williams. The Scottish trio were chosen from those who had completed
their aggregate on the Saturday and the competition was run concurrently with
the Championships and both ladies shooting a full 60-shot match.
The results were: Wales: Sian Corish 587, Mike Lewis 561, David Williams 558,
total 1706. Scotland: James Paterson 583, Andrew Ross 562, Kathryn Williamson
563 total 1708 and a narrow win for Scotland.
Among those competing for the first time was Sarah "Two Hats" Bates who shot her
first 40-shot match in Air Rifle and her extensive 3P experience paid off as she
came up with a very commendable score as well. Kathryn Williamson continues to
improve with twice this weekend improving her PB and two Chocolate Creme eggs as
Saturday's aggregate championships saw class wins for Sian Corish
in A, Mike Lewis in B, Andrew Laurie in C and Sarah Brown in D.
A fixture clash with the BUCS meeting deprived the Championships of a few
top-quality shooters although overall entries were still up on last year. As a
result, it has been proposed that next year’s event is on the calendar for
Pictured above right: Sian Corish, Emma Cole-Hamilton, Kathryn
Williamson, Emma Parr and Sheena Sharp in the ladies final. Photos courtesy
Paterson, Corish and Calum Seale (Junior champion) pick up their RWS pellets
Detailed results are available on the Domestic Results page.
|SSRA Team League update
22 March 2011
Results for Round 8 are now available
|Chillin' out at Denwood . . .
22 March 2011
recent B squad training session took place at Denwood in Aberdeen, with an
opportunity to start some outdoor training but the oddball Scottish
weather had other plans to test them, writes coach Jim Cole-Hamilton.
While they set up the range, the grass was green, but by
the time they started shooting the snow had begun and stayed with them
through the day.
"While the weekend was constructive (thanks to some
sleeping bags to stave off frostbite, shown left) it was also cold and for
the Sunday we returned to the 'relatively' warm conditions of the indoor
range," he said. "We weren't the only fools there, the University held their
outdoor SUS over the same weekend, using the long range on the Saturday, and
the 50m on Sunday. Those hardy souls did both days outside..."
Do you know who the mystery shooter pictured in the bag
is? There's a Tunnock's teacake on offer to the first person with the
correct answer to mail
9 March 2011
Competitions secretary Beverley Burnside advices that all the
details on Saturday morning for this two-day event have now been booked.
For those intending on entering on
the day it would therefore be best to drop her an email
so she can pre-book details for Saturday afternoon or Sunday and thus avoid
|Taste of the great outdoors: update
9 March 2011
Willie McAulay has confirmed that the Alloa & District
club will hold an outdoor taster session at the Tullygarth range on
Saturday 28 May between 12-00 hrs and 18-00 hrs.
The range will be open for Alloa club members from Sunday
|Air Rifle League update
8 March 2011
The results for Round 4 are now available on the Domestic
Results page. Competitors at the forthcoming Scottish Air Rifle Championships
are reminded that their scores there can be nominated for the final round
should they so wish - simply inform competition organisers Cyril de Jonckheere
and Jim McIntosh before shooting.
|New SSRA Postal League
unveiled for 2011
6 March 2011
A new 50m league aimed at Class C+D shooters spearheads
the SSRA's outdoor season.
Designed to encourage new shooters to try their hand at
shooting outdoor 50m events around Scotland, entries are now invited for this
inaugural competition. Click
have an entry
form sent to you.
The entry forms for all the 2011 Outdoor SSRA Competitions,
including the grand prix series, are now available. While existing SSRA members
should expect a package containing all the season's forms in the post, anyone is
welcome to enter the competitions and a form can be sent out by emailing
Competitions Manager Ian Henderson.
Check out the SSRA calendar page to select what events suit
|Kidner lifts Speedway
6 March 2011
Bon Accord's Tim Kidner won the SSRA Speedway competition
held at the Balerno & Currie range. Watsonians' Callum Seale was the winner of
the Class C/D final. Click here for full results.
draws Alasdair's horns to take LSSA World Cup
5 March 2011
Home advantage was not enough for Balerno & Currie's Alasdair
Horne to retain his LSSA World Cup title - but it took fellow club mate Sinclair
Bruce to do it after the drama of a shoot-off. Both men had dropped just two
points in the final, but SSRA performance manager Bruce showed he can still
shoot as well as he coaches by notching a 100 maximum in the shoot-off to
beat Horne's 99. Horne, who made the mistake of issuing the news to the media
first instead of his wife, was no doubt "gutted" to relinquish the title he had
won four times in the last five years.
Detailed results will appear on the
|SSRA 3P league
3 March 2011
The latest results in the 3P League are now available on the Domestic Results
|Rule of Law on Air Grand
1 March 2011
The final Air Grand Prix of the 2010-11
season, at Glenrothes, saw the irrepressible Robin Law retain the title once
"The guy has over a hundred caps for
Scotland and has not lost the Plate yet, who is out there willing to try and
give him a run for his money before 2014?" asked competition organiser Jim
Balerno & Currie's Steven McLeod marked his
debut in air GPs with a win in B Class pistol and he went on to top that
by by winning his first-ever final by one point from Bruce McIntosh. The overall
series honours, however, were lifted by Mark Joyce from Forres. The event
also marked the first awards of ammunition prizes from SSRA sponsors RWS. All
those competitors who had won their class during the GP season were given RWS
R10 air pellets - something to consider when the dates for the 2011-12 season
are announced in due course. New competitors are always made welcome, so why not
give it a go? The Air GP series is an ideal way to obtain valuable experience
and gain fresh insight into your sport.
But the season is not over yet north of the
Border. The Scottish Air Rifle championships are being staged at the Scottish
Police College in Tulliallan on 19-20 March and the numerous class winners there
will walk away with a supply of high quality match grade RWS pellets in addition
to a trophy. The SSRA is keen to encourage new - and not so new - air shooters,
there is still time to enter this event.
Click here firstname.lastname@example.org
and supply a postal address and you will receive an entry form by return of
The results from the Glenrothes GP are
available on the Domestic Results page.
|SSRA Results update
1 March 2011
Latest scores from the Team Prone and Air Rifle leagues plus
the qualifying rounds of the Medal, CanDicap and Speedway are
|McIntosh takes title at
20 February 2011
Jen McIntosh has won the Ladies Junior Airgun title at Bisley,
reports SSRA Performance manager Sinclair Bruce from Bisley.
James Paterson made the Men's final in sixth place and in a close-fought affair
made it up to fourth, fighting for third but had to settle for fifth. Emma
Cole-Hamilton was eighth but due to entry numbers only seven shot in the final
of the Ladies.
|World Cup call-ups for
19 February 2011
Scotland's successful Commonwealth Games
athletes are amongst the contingent from north of the Border who been selected
for the GB teams in two forthcoming ISSF World Cup events next month. Trap
shooter Shona Marshall, who won the Kuwait Grand Prix on Friday, heads for
Concepcion in Chile on 1 March along with skeet shooter Drew Christie.
Jen McIntosh, Neil Stirton, Jon Hammond,
Matthew Thomson, Morgan Cook, Sian Bruce and John MacDonald have all been
picked for the World Cup event in Sydney from 21-31 March.
ISSF World Cup (Shotgun, Concepcion, Chile,
1-9 March): Women's Trap: Shona Marshall. Men's Skeet: Drew Christie.
ISSF World Cup (Pistol, Rifle & Shotgun, Sydney Australia, 21-31
March): Women's Trap: Shona Marshall. Women's Skeet: Sian Bruce. Men's Trap:
John MacDonald. Men's Prone Rifle: Neil Stirton, Jon Hammond, Matt Thomson.
Men's 3P Rifle: Neil Stirton, Jon Hammond. Women's 3P Rifle: Jen McIntosh.
Women's Air Rifle: Jen McIntosh. Men's Rapid-Fire Pistol: Morgan Cook.
|SSRA Competition results
17 February 2011
After an inexcusable delay, the results from the Air Grand
Prix in Carlisle are in plus the latest scores in the SSRA Prone League and 3P
League competitions. They can be found on the Domestic Results page.
|McIntosh sets new record
10 February 2011
Jen McIntosh, in the United
States with a GB squad including Neil Stirton, continued to grab the headlines
when she set a new Scottish Record (both Junior and Senior) for Women's Air
Rifle at the Rocky Mountains Match in Colorado Springs. She beat her previous
record of 393 (set at the Junior Nordics in 2008) by two points now raising the
record to 395. Results can be found
|Team Prone League
9 February 2011
Results for Round 5 of this competition are now available.
|Urgent Olympic plea for
6 February 2011
The highly publicised "Games Maker" scheme for volunteers to
help with officiating at the 2012 London Olympics has attracted a vast number of
applicants and now an urgent request has been made to narrow the field by
interviewing the hopefuls. With this in mind, a tight deadline has been set of
TUESDAY 8 February for anyone wishing to lend a hand in conducting the
interviews. There is a specific requirement to interview candidates based north
of the Border at the Glasgow Science Centre.
Approximately 50 volunteers are needed within Scotland to help out with a
selection event at the Science Centre in Glasgow between 4 May and 15 May 2011.
As a selection event volunteer, you’ll conduct interviews, support the check-in
desk and provide information to Games Maker applicants. Interested?
SEV@london2012.com. to apply and click
here for the application form and
here for the necessary HR
|InterShoot opens doors
for new wave
6 February 2011
Caroline Brownlee and Jessie Liddon from the Scottish Pistol
Association produced the star performances from the Scots contingent at the
annual InterShoot Air Weapons event in The Hague. Their third and second places
in the Women's Air Pistol and Women's Junior Air Pistol respectively led
the way but highly notable mentions must go to Jamie Hodgson and Fiona Park who
competed for their country in Air Rifle on a self-funded basis and gained
valuable international experience.
"Compared to domestic competitions InterShoot was a very high
standard and provided excellent experience for all who attended," said
Edinburgh's Fraser Cheetham. "There was some very good shooting most notably
from Fiona Park who at her first international competition managed to score a
new personal best of 379, unfortunately just missing out on a place in the
final. The shooting didn't always go to plan but everyone who went came away
with valuable lessons which can be put into practice in training and at future
For detailed results click
|Forth & Clyde Indoor Open
4 February 2011
The Sands/Alloa Rifle Club in Kincardine will be the venue
for this event on 26th February. For more information and details on how to
enter, contact Ian Henderson.
|SSRA Archive updated
26 January 2011
The extensive SSRA News for 2010 has now been added to the
|SSRA Results news
24 January 2011
The scores for Round 4 of the SSRA Team Prone League and for
the early rounds of the SSRA Prone League are now available on the Domestic
|Scots success on ISSF
rifle judges course
23 January 2011
All five Scots who parachuted into Bisley at the weekend
emerged with passes in the ISSF National Rifle Judges course, hosted by
instructors David Goodfellow from British Shooting and David Parish ISSF
Technical Delegate for Rifle and Pistol. Congratulations to John Buchanan, Iain
Malone, Jim McIntosh, Gavin Walker and Colin Watson. For a brief diary of
the course and how it went click here.
|SSRA Air GP III (updated)
Updated 25 January 2011
The full results for both disciplines from the latest Air Grand Prix, at Denwood, are
now available here
for Pistol and
Mark Joyce from Forres won through in the ISSF-style Pistol final with as score
of 541 + 84.8 and Emma Cole-Hamilton from Bon-Accord took the honours in Rifle
14 January 2011
Watsonian Rifle Club are hosting their annual
Open Meeting on March 12 and 13. The competition consists of 60 shots at 25
yards shot in ten-minute timed details. There are 5 classes A-E with additional
prizes for Under 21, Under 18 and Under 15s, there are also Veterans, Ladies and
Team competitions. And of course there is a trip to the Bun Room, not to be
missed for those not on a diet. Entry forms can be found
here, or for more details, contact
secretary Beverley Burnside here.
|SSRA Team Prone League
14 January 2011
The results for the first three rounds of this competition are
now available on the Domestic Results page
|Sports Minister expresses
support for Scottish Target Shooting Centre
10 January 2011
The drive for a dedicated Scottish Target Shooting Centre
that is fit for purpose for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and beyond moved
up a gear with Scottish Government backing for the Morton Clays scenario. Read
the Edinburgh Evening News article
|RWS offers SSRA clubs try before you
9 January 2011
partners RWS Ammunition have for some time been visiting
clubs throughout the UK to allow them to ‘have a go’ with
RWS rimfire and pellets. The firm will visit
individual clubs and allow them to try their various grades
of ammunition free of charge .If your club would be
interested in such a session, please contact the SSRA
|New date for Rifle
16 December 2010
Following the postponement of the NSRA's Rifle Judges Course
in the wave of snowy weather in the first week of December, a new date of 22-23
January has been put forward.
|Law wins Glenrothes Air
14 December 2010
Robin Law took the honours in the second SSRA Air Grand Prix
of the season. His score of 573+100.8 edged out Steven Watterson who
scored 571+98.6. Results from the Air Rifle event can be found
the Pistol event, won by Mark Joyce from Forres,
|SSRA competitions battle
through the blizzards
8 December 2010
SSRA members may be asking where on Earth competition
stickers for the various postal 2010-11events have got to...ssra.co.uk has been
advised that they are in the process of being posted out to entrants. If anyone
feels that they have not been sent the correct stickers they should contact
email@example.com without delay.
Regarding times and the inevitable problems caused by the weather in
submitting cards, entrants should check with the individual scorers nominated
for each competition.
chaos claims Rifle Judges Course
1 December 2010
The NSRA has been forced to postpone this weekend's
Rifle Judges Course due to the inclement weather and the disruption to travel
links with airports closed, train services decimated and road conditions
The NSRA's David
Goodfellow commented: "Having just consulted with David Parish we have
reluctantly agreed to postpone the course until early in the New Year, at a
date to be arranged. The most likely alternative dates will be one of the
weekends in February.
"I apologise for the
inconvenience caused by this decision as I know that some will most likely incur
expenses in cancelling travel and/or accommodation costs, but I think that we
have had to make the decision sooner rather than leave it until the last minute
so as to give you a chance to notify clubhouses or hotels, etc. of non-arrival.
I would hate to think of any of you getting into difficulties in a stalwart
attempt to get to Bisley."
Course applicants are urged to
post or e-mail their
pre-course exercises to Goodfellow over the week-end so that he can mark them in
advance of the re-arranged course.
|Hammond and McIntosh
honoured for Games success
27 November 2010
Scotland's superb team performance in Delhi was tonight
honoured at the Commonwealth Games Scotland Sports Awards Dinner in Glasgow.
Hammond was awarded Clydesdale Male Athlete of the Games, with a £1000 prize,
and this was matched by Jen McIntosh who was named the Clydesdale Bank Female
Athlete of the Games. Hammond is Scotland’s most successful individual athlete
at a single Games winning two gold medals, a silver and a bronze while McIntosh
became the most successful Scottish female at a single Commonwealth Games with
two golds and a bronze. Neil Stirton, left, accepted the Male Athlete award on
behalf of Jon Hammond.
Scottish Sportsperson of the Year 2010 was swimmer Hannah
Miley, who won 400m Individual Medley gold in Delhi.
Both Stirton and McIntosh will appear on BBC2 Scotland's Sport
Monthly programme on Saturday December 4 at 5.55pm. Click
to read the BBC online report and
here to watch video of
sponsorship deal with RWS
22 November 2010
The SSRA is constantly on the look-out for ways to support
its members and, of course, to welcome new ones. The association has now entered
into co-operation with RWS ammunition via RUAG Ammotec UK Ltd which will supply
R50 0.22 rounds and air pellets as prizes during the SSRA grands prix season and
postal competitions - with substantial amounts on offer to the winners of all
classes. Look out for more details on what the SSRA can do for you at your local
|Attention! Scots on
course for Olympic experience
14 November 2010
Five Scots are studying hard for an ISSF Rifle Judges licence
which could put them on the road to Glasgow 2014 and, before that, the chance to
be involved in the London Olympics - and they hope to be the first of many from
north of the Border.
on from our news that a course
will be run at Bisley
on 4-5 December
(Your country needs you,
it appears that should they pass their test, Iain Malone, Jim McIntosh, John
Buchanan, Scott Dixon and Colin Watson could find themselves helping out at London 2012 if a
shortfall of qualified officials becomes apparent. While the quest for a coveted
ISSF red judges jacket is a lengthy one, involving officiating at ISSF events in
Britain and potentially abroad, the end product will be to supply the 127+
officials who are likely to be required for
the various categories of Juries, Appeal, Full
Bore, Pistol, Shotgun and Classification at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
these five pathfinders must be backed up by many more.
It is understood that should sufficient demand be expressed to British Shooting,
a second rifle judges course will be held in Spring 2011 and potentially in
delay, log your interest in a course by going to
Fill in the application form British Shooting application form on screen.
Save it to your computer, and then send it as an attachment to the e-mail
address on the form, firstname.lastname@example.org
|First blood to Watterson
14 November 2010
Manxman's Steven Watterson won the opening Air Grand Prix of the 2010-11 season
The Edinburgh-based shooter, who represented IoM at the Commonwealth Games in
won the A class from Robin Law, while B class was taken by Kathryn Williamson,
from Mark Joyce and Jamie Hodgson. The fun started in D class where we had the
veteran Cyril De Jonckheere trying to fend off some relative newcomers in the
shape of Mike and Andrew Ozmond. Mike took the honours with a 501 having only
started shooting Air last week - which just goes to show that it is not as hard
as it seems to get up from the prone to standing. We do need a lot more to try
The Pistol event started in B
class with Bruce McIntosh and Mark Joyce pushing each other along, McIntosh taking round
one. In the other classes Bill Hamilton won C
Class from newcomer Fiona Shedden and her shiny new Morini pistol.
Overall this was a good meeting with the
level of banter and comradeship at its best as it should be. Results for Air
Rifle can be found
here and Air Pistol
|Scotland squads announced
10 November 2010
The selections for the 2010-2011 'A', Fast Track, 'B' and
Under-21 squads are now available on the Squads & Athletes page
|Balerno & Currie Open
30 October 2010
The club's annual Open shoot will be staged on 13-14
November and anyone wishing more details on how to enter should contact club
secretary Alasdair Horne
|Face the new firing
squad: Club instructors' course
23 October 2010
The NSRA club instructors course held at Balerno & Currie
over the weekend has been declared a resounding success thanks to the diligent
teaching of coaches Sinclair Bruce and Ian Thomson, with all 12 candidates
passing their assessments. Thanks also go to the unsung heroes from the
probationary ranks at at B&C who gave up their spare time to volunteer as guinea
Readyaimfire!: Ian Thomson, left, and Sinclair Bruce, far
right, with the batch of new club instructors
Meanwhile, target shooters across the country have the
chance to cast their vote for the Commonwealth Games heroes at the sportscotland
Sports Awards 2010 on Thursday 2 December at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel. Sponsored
by the Sunday Mail, the event will celebrate excellence in Scotland's sportsmen,
women and teams for their outstanding achievements.
To vote for the sporting star you feel has contributed
most to their sport this year click
GAMES NEWS: CURTAIN COMES DOWN ON SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN
14 October 2010
Commonwealth Games has drawn to a close but one final honour was bestowed on
Scotland's target shooters: Jon Hammond was the flagbearer for the team with Jen
McIntosh in the flagbearer party along with team leader Joan Watt and swimmer
David Carry. Just as Jen's mother Shirley flew the flag in
Victoria in 1994 as the squad's most successful athlete so did Hammond, for with four medals - two gold, one silver, one bronze - he is Scotland’s
most successful athlete in any sport at a single Games.
“It’s been an incredible Games for shooting," said Hammond. "Once
we got a few medals it was good for morale. On the rifle side to pick up so many
medals, particularly in the 3P was huge. We’ve always been strong in prone and
we knew we’d have medal opportunities so that put us in a good frame of mind and
maybe lifted a bit of pressure early on. To get four golds out of four in the
prone events is just fantastic."
Head coach Donald
McIntosh described the medal haul as
“beyond my wildest dreams”.
As for Watt, she has been a devoted member of Team Scotland since 1970, as a
volunteer, physio and team leader. Starting as a physio at the Edinburgh games
of that year, Joan has also worked as a physio for athletics and shooting. She
is the team leader for shooting in Delhi, and has played a major part in their
success. “I’m very proud of the whole team,” she said. “They’ve all worked
so hard, and it’s fantastic to see them getting the praise that they really
deserve. It is very good for shooting, and I hope that it will influence the
future in terms of facilities and funding.”
Shirley took time to comment on
Watt's contribution to the sport,
describing her as "one
of the unsung heroes of Scottish sport". "While there has been a great
fuss about Willie Wood's eighth games,
Joan is attending her ninth," Shirley went on, "she has acted as physio, lead
physio and shooting team manager over the last 32 years. She has been a staunch
supporter of shooting and has been involved with shooting since before I can
remember. Her own sport was athletics and she has been heavily involved in the
SAF for many years also.
"When shooting was put at a satellite venue about 500 miles away from Kuala
Lumpur in 1998 Joan stayed with us as our dedicated medical support. She did the
same again when shooting was based at Bisley in 2002 [for the Manchester
Commonwealth Games]. In 2006 she stepped in a short notice when a change to the
coaching team in smallbore shortly before the Melbourne games meant we needed a
new team manager. Her knowledge of the overall preparations, the athletes and
our programme made her the perfect choice and even though she is not a shooter
herself her experience of high level sport including Olympics has been of great
benefit to us."
And Shirley has one more memorable Games moment to come. In 1994
when she returned from the Games with her gold medals she was greeted at the
airport by a very young Jen, shown at right. When the new Commonwealth Ladies
champion returns at the weekend history will have come full circle.
Watson would like to thank all those who made coverage of the Games campaign so
up to the minute and ahead of other media sources. Special thanks go to Graham
Rudd for his diary and those coaches and athletes who helped out with
their help, information, early morning texts and "error-checking" to
provide the best, fairest, and most accurate coverage of a historic campaign
both here and in print, radio and television.
SSRA.co.uk: Bringing you the latest news, views and results in Scottish target shooting
from Denwood to Dortmund to Delhi.
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GAMES NEWS: HAMMOND BAGS SECOND GOLD
13 October 2010
Jon Hammond has won his second gold medal of the
Commonwealth Games with victory in the final of the 50m Men's Prone event.
Hammond scored 696.9 after the final round to edge out
Australia's Warren Potent who scored 695.4 for the silver medal. The bronze went
to Northern Ireland's Matthew Hall with 694.1 while Hammond's team mate Neil Stirton finished in fifth with 693.7. England's Mike Babb finished fourth with
“It was just a great day," said Hammond, pictured centre right
with Warren Potent and Matthew Hall. "Yesterday was fantastic, winning the
pairs with Neil. Today I just wanted to have a good match and see what happened.
I would have been pretty delighted just to have got a medal and come away with a
medal in each event. To win it and to beat Warren in the final, who one of the
best shooters in the world; is really satisfying.”
Donald McIntosh commented: “It
was a fantastic performance from Jon. He had a great qualifying round in tricky
wind, next to Warren Potent, who has been in the top two or three in the world
for the last five years. He put in a great performance and increased his lead in
the final, in what was a world class performance.”
For full official results click
here and select "results list" - and click on Delhi Diary for
Graham Rudd's thoughts on the adventure in India.
And there were more medals today: Angus McLeod and Ian Shaw
took the silver medal in the pairs full bore open final.
GAMES NEWS: JUST A PERFECT DAY AS SCOTS HIT GOLD RUSH
12 October 2010
Two golds in 24 hours for Jen McIntosh who scored a fantastic 597 to win the Women's 50m
Prone this morning, coming three points clear of India's Tejaswini Sawant
and four clear of Wales' Johanne Brekke. McIntosh's score is a new
Commonwealth Games record, beating the previous mark of 590 set by Carolyn
Quigley of Malaysia in 1998. Kay Copland improved on her score of yesterday with
a 583 and finished 13th in a strong field. "It feels amazing to have won it and I am just going to enjoy
it," said McIntosh.
“I don’t really know how to differentiate between the two [golds]," she
added. "Yesterday was great because I got to share the moment with Kay in the
pairs, which is something that you don’t get to do all that often in shooting.
This one is really special though."
Not to be outdone, Neil Stirton and Jon Hammond took Pairs
gold with a score of 1181, seeing off England's Mike Babb and Richard Wilson who
scored 1178 as well as the Australian pairing of Warren Potent and David Clifton
who had 1174.
“It was a tricky day today with the wind, and all the scores were a bit
lower than we were expecting,” said Hammond. “We had to fight through it and I’m
glad we came out on top. It’s great to have gone up one step at a time. To
collect a full set of medals at my first Commonwealth Games is really special
and it’s something I’ll cherish forever.”
Once again Scottish shooters are to the fore with widespread
media coverage on radio, television, the web and in print. Wednesday will see Hammond and Stirton back in action in the
Results are available
GAMES NEWS: GOLD FOR SCOTLAND DUO
11 October 2010
Jen McIntosh and Kay Copland notched gold at the
Commonwealth Games today in the Women's Prone Pairs after a nailbiting set of
scores saw them edge out England.
McIntosh had 591 points and Copland 578. They were tied with England's Michelle
Smith and Sharon Lee on 1169 but took the gold with 60 X-bulls to England's 52.
"It was pretty tough. It wasn't easy out there," said
McIntosh. "The wind was up. It was quite strong. It is an absolutely incredible
feeling to win. Very satisfying. I hoped we were capable of gold but I didn't
quite expect it."
On edging the English pair out for the gold, she added: "We quite often shoot
together so it is good to beat them. We're Great Britain team-mates and there is
plenty of banter between us but I'm not going to lie to you, it feels good to
Copland said: "It's a total shock to win."
Their victory means the title stays in Scottish hands after
Susan Jackson and Sheena Sharp won the the event in Melbourne in 2006. Jen
follows in the footsteps of her mother Shirley who won a gold in the 1994 Games
in Victoria, Canada.
Indian pair Meena Kumari and Tejaswini took the bronze medal with a score of
. “I’m thrilled to bits with the two of them," said coach Donald
McIntosh. "Jen shot really well. It was a really controlled performance and I’m
really happy with that. Kay had a bit of a tough time with the wind, which was a
bit of a surprise because she’s a very experienced and very tough wind shooter.
One thing about these Commonwealth Games pairs is that you don’t know what
anyone else is doing, and every point matters. She dug in and finished with
three tens, which was what she needed to take gold." And he
is busy preparing the pair for
Tuesday's Prone individual shoot: “They need to go and get their heads together.
Jen is coming off the back of a great score and Kay is coming off the back of
what was a relatively poor score for her, so there’s conflicting emotions. Our
job is to get them rested, and get their heads in the right place for them to
have a crack at it.”
For detailed results click
here. Picture courtesy Steve Lindridge/Ideal Images
GAMES NEWS: HAMMOND SHOOTS HIS WAY TO SILVER
9 October 2010
Jon Hammond netted the smallbore team's first silver medal
today in the Men's 3P rifle. His score of 1164 + 91.3 for a total of 1255.3 in
the final got the better of England shooter James Huckle's 1254.9, while India's
seemingly-unbeatable Gagan Narang won gold with 1166+96.2. Neil Stirton just
missed out on a place in the final with 1135.
“I didn’t feel I had the best of
finals so to come away with the silver medal is great,” said Hammond, who is
based in Virginia. "It’s been a fantastic start to competition for me with
medals in my first two events. I’ve been working really hard on my 3P scoring
for the past two or three years to try and improve. It was a great experience
for me to reach a final, and compete against some of these guys.”
Referring to the Prone events which
begin on Tuesday he added: "The prone is my favoured event, and I’ve qualified
for the Olympics events before so I’ll look to carry on from here.”
There was also silver for Scotland's clay shooters too thanks to Shona Marshall in Trap.
GAMES NEWS: BRONZE FOR STIRTON AND HAMMOND
8 October 2010
Neil Stirton and Jon Hammond picked up bronze medals in the
Men's Three-Position Rifle Pairs, narrowly beaten to silver by the England
pairing of James Huckle and Ken Parr by a single X-bull. The bronze was the
first in this event since Bill Murray and Alister Allan's achievement in
Victoria, British Columbia in 1994.The gold was won by India's Gagan Narang
and Imran Hasan Khan.
"We’ve both been shooting really well and we had high hopes for today,
but it’s a great feeling to come away with a medal in my first match at a
Commonwealth Games," said Hammond.
“It came down to the wire," said Stirton. "We tied with England and
lost out on inner tens so that’s less than 1mm over 240 shots. It’s very close
so we’re slightly disappointed not to take the silver, but we’re both delighted
to come away with a medal anyway. It’s
another medal for Team Scotland so hopefully it’ll boost morale within the team
and make everyone proud at home.”
Results: India 2325 points (106 x-bulls), England 2308
(105x), Scotland 2308 (104x), Malaysia 2289 (84x), Australia 2277 (86x),
Bangladesh 2277 (86x), St Helena 2277 (83x).
Pictured left: Jon Hammond and Neil Stirton check those medals aren't really
chocolate Christmas decorations
GAMES NEWS: McINTOSH JUST MISSES OUT IN 3P FINAL
7 October 2010
In her second quest for medals this week, Jen McIntosh made
it to the final of the Women's Three-Position rifle, only to finish in fifth
place with a final ten shots of 96.0. She qualified for the final
in fourth place with a score of 571. Her partner in pairs glory on Tuesday, Kay Copland, just narrowly missed out
in the qualifying round, her score of 567 leaving her in 11th place. The event
was won by Alethea Sedgman of Australia with an overall score of 575+101, with
Singapore's Jasmine Ser Xiang Wei second and compatriot Aqilah Sudhir taking the
bronze medal. For detailed results click
here to download the PDF(select the Reports drop-down menu and click on
|Club instructors' course
to be held in Edinburgh
6 October 2010
Coach Sinclair Bruce advises that this course is now fully
booked for 16-17 October
GAMES NEWS: RUDD REMAINS UPBEAT
6 October 2010
Edinburgh's Graham Rudd came up short in his bid for 10m air
rifle glory, finishing 11th in qualification with a score of 584. "I felt
the performance was good considering the amount of changes I've made recently
(new cheekpiece, sights, tube, shooting glasses and hand position!). It's
beginning to feel really steady at times so with more training I think my scores
will improve greatly," he said.
competition was won by India's Gagan Narang who scored a flawless 600 ex 600 on his way
to topping the podium with 103.6 in the final. England's James Huckle had 591
and a tidy final for third, beating compatriot Ken Parr by a slim margin. It
came down to the last shot and Huckle had a 9.8 and Parr had a 9.5. Edinburgh-based Steven Watterson,
competing for the Isle of Man, was 15th in qualification with 572.
In the Women's Singles 25m Pistol event, Hampshire-based Scot Caroline
Brownlie was 14th with 509 and the competition was won by India's Anisa Sayyed
with 583, with England's Gorgs Geikie ninth with 562.
|COMMONWEALTH GAMES NEWS:
BRONZE FOR COPLAND AND MCINTOSH
5 October 2010
Kay Copland, left, and Jen McIntosh took the bronze in the
Women's 50m 3P Pairs, an event won by Singapore with India second.
After picking up her first Commonwealth Games medal McIntosh said:
“I’m obviously delighted to have won a medal, though it’s a bit disappointing to
come away with bronze rather than silver or gold." And Copland added:
"I'm really happy
with the result. I had no idea it was so close, but it's a great feeling to come
away with a medal."
McIntosh was one of the first shooters to complete all three positions, leaving
her with the unenviable task of watching her partner finish. It was a tense half
hour with the medal places changing after almost every shot. “It
was absolutely terrifying watching Kay shoot that last sequence,” she said.
“It’s always the worst part for me”. Despite being alone in action, Kay was
aware that there could be a lot riding on her last few points:
“It was running
through my head that there could be just a few points between gold; silver,
bronze and fourth, but I was trying not to think about it too much."
Jen’s dad and coach, Donald McIntosh was proud of the pair’s performance,
saying: “It was a pretty tough day and the scores are actually pretty low. The
girls fought well through the wind and came away with a medal which is great.
There was the pressure of the occasion to deal with as well and a level of
expectation about medals. There was plenty of adrenaline flowing between the two
of them today.”
The duo will be back in action on Thursday in the 50m 3P singles event.
For detailed scores on this event visit the
Sius Ascor site. For details on the event scheduling during the Games, please
Commonwealth Games site. And click on the logo for the first part of the exclusive SSRA
diary from Delhi.
|COMMONWEALTH GAMES NEWS:
LET THE GAMES BEGIN...
3 October 2010
Aberdeen's Neil Stirton savoured the evening's spectacular
opening ceremony and declared:
“To step out into the stadium again for Scotland was an
incredible feeling. Looking up and seeing the saltires in the crowd brought back
some warm memories, and the show was truly spectacular. It’s great knowing that
the Games are underway, and I can’t wait to get out to the range to start
Cyclist Ross Edgar led Team
Scotland into the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium as the XIX Commonwealth Games
officially got underway. It was, said Edgar, “a really proud moment, and up
there with the best experiences I’ve ever had in sport.
|Your country needs you:
ISSF course date announced
30 September 2010
to the article from 9 January 2010 on the plans for an ISSF Judges course on
these shores, it has now been agreed that a Rifle Judges course will be run at
Bisley on the weekend of 4-5 December 2010.
Additionally, a course for Pistol Judges has also been set up with a date of
20-21st November confirmed.
According to SSRA Council member Jim McIntosh,
the Games organisers would like Scotland, as the host nation, to provide more
than 50 per cent of all officials. In excess of 127 officials may be required
for the various categories of Juries, Appeal, Full Bore, ISSF, Pistol, Shotgun
and Classification. You won't get a medal but you could lend your experience to
ensure that the Games go smoothly and the sense of satisfaction in doing that
will be as good as a podium place.
already have a level of experience in ministering over shooting events, or
perhaps you would like to step up to the plate and gain it. Either way, your
help and enthusiasm will be needed. If you would like to apply for the
judging course follow these instructions:
Go to http://www.britishshooting.org.uk/content/view/243/39/
Fill in the application form British Shooting application form on screen.
Save it to your computer, and then send it as an attachment to the e-mail
address on the form, email@example.com
|COMMONWEALTH GAMES NEWS:
GONE WITH THE WIND
30 September 2010
thinking is paying off for the team in Delhi as training continues for next
week's events at the two Games venues.
Commenting on conditions in the 50m range at the Dr Karni Singh venue, head
coach Donald McIntosh, pictured left, explained: “Most of the team were here in
February at the Commonwealth Championships, and a big part of that was to get
familiar with the range. It was really good to get some experience of the wind
on the range and to see how it impacts on where the shots land. This helped to
plan our strategy on how to deal with it. The wind is relatively consistent,” he
went on. “We have seen it being quite tricky on a couple of days back in
February but we’ve mainly found it is what we call a clean wind. There’s not a
lot of turbulence in it; it just tends to drift left to right most of the time,
remaining reasonably constant.”
Heat is also a major factor for the shooters, with hydration and nutrition
affecting their concentration and focus.
heat will be more bearable for some, with Jonathan Hammond seeing it as an
advantage over some of the competition. The 50m Rifle shooter, who has lived in
the USA for eight years, and has benefited from a number of bespoke training
sessions, including Team GB preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games.
“The heat is certainly something we were aware of for Beijing," said Hammond
(shown left with Neil Stirton) who has lived in the USA for eight years, and has
benefited from a number of bespoke training sessions, including Team GB
preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games, "so we concentrated on doing a lot
of warm weather training. For me, being in the States was handy because they
have a big range in Georgia, and in the summer there it can get pretty humid.
From then on I’ve found it easier to shoot in hotter conditions and I struggle a
lot more when I go home to train in the cold. Hopefully as it gets hotter here
it won’t impact on me too much.”
Jon Hammond, left, with Neil Stirton
|COMMONWEALTH GAMES NEWS:
PLEASANT SURPRISE FOR HAMMOND
26 September 2010
shooting team have arrived safely in Delhi. The athletes were whisked through
the accreditation process quickly and smoothly to find their luggage waiting for
them and transport on hand to transfer them to their accommodation in the
Village and after a short 40 minute, traffic-jam free journey, they had the chance to see for themselves the huge progress which had been made.
Jonathan Hammond commented:
“The Village has been a pleasant surprise. We were concerned about it but the
Management Team has really taken care of things and everything seems comfortable
and welcoming. I think we have everything we need to be able to get down to some
training and focus on our events.”
Team Scotland Chef de Mission Jon Doig was the first to
welcome them to their new home for the next three weeks and said: “We are all
delighted to be able to welcome the first of Team Scotland’s athletes to Delhi
today. Our General Management Team have been working hard to ensure facilities
are in a suitable condition for the athletes, and now that the Team has started
to arrive it feels like our hard work is really paying off.”
Jennifer McIntosh says her goodbyes to her younger sister Seonaid at Glasgow
Photograph: Craig Williamson/SNS Group
|Scores on the doors from
The Great Outdoors
26 September 2010
Dave Caughey took yet more honours when he won the Fife & Kinross Outdoor Open,
hosted by the Perth range. Results are available
|COMMONWEALTH GAMES NEWS:
TEAM BACK ON TRACK
23 September 2010
It has been confirmed that Scotland's shooting teams will
begin their journey to Delhi on Saturday 25 September, putting an end to
concerns that the departure would be delayed
by problems at the athletes' village. While the teams for Boxing, Wrestling and
Sevens Rugby will be delayed, the shooters will travel along with the
teams for Archery, Lawn Bowls, Tennis and Weightlifting.There are indications that the Delhi Government under the leadership of
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is taking responsibility and driving concerted
action to resolve the issues in the Games Village.
Following the Chef de Missions meeting this morning, Team Scotland's
representative Jon Doig said: "We are heartened that Sheila Dikshit has
personally taken control of the situation and ensuring that the necessary
additional resources are brought in, including support from the Delhi hoteliers
association to address standards of cleanliness and hygiene and oversee quality
control. We have continued to make progress addressing the maintenance and
operational issues within our own accommodation block and things are looking
much better. Therefore subject to a number of assurances from the Organising
Committee being realised over the next 24 hours, we feel we will be in a
position to confirm tomorrow that our team will travel as scheduled on
Amongst those reassurances required in addition to accommodation maintenance,
is proof that all structural safety certificates for both the Village and the
venues are in place, backed with full insurance cover through the Delhi 2010
|COMMONWEALTH GAMES NEWS
22 September 2010
Commonwealth Games Scotland is aware of the shooting incident
on a tourist bus in north Delhi on the morning of 19 September and received a
security briefing along with the other home nations.
The Indian police and security agencies are assessing the situation on an
ongoing basis with a view to determining its relevance or otherwise to the
Team Scotland is continuing to monitor the situation, liaising with relevant
officials from the Delhi 2010 Organising Committee, the Commonwealth Games
Federation and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, who are advising all home nations.
Jon Doig, Team Chef de Mission said: “We are continuing with our planning and
operational set up as scheduled and we are satisfied that the security
arrangements at the Games Village and venues are good and in line with what we
expected. We still look forward to competing at the Games when they open on 3
Commonwealth Games Scotland will continue to communicate with team members
through their respective sport team leaders. Media interest in the Games has
been "insatiable" according to Katriona Bush, head of press and PR for
the Scotland team, and not only because of the well-publicised problems with the
venues which include poor conditions in the athletes' village as well as the
collapse of a bridge and an incident at the weightlifting arena when the ceiling
fell down. As the opening ceremony on 3 October approaches, athletes across all
the sports involved have been at pains to talk about their hopes and aspirations
rather than any uncertainty regarding the actual venues
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