14 October 2010

Shooting delivers nine medals and top athlete in Delhi

Team Scotland’s shooters have put in a fantastic performance in Delhi, contributing a total of nine medals (four gold, three silver, two bronze) to the team total of 26. In Jonathan Hammond, shooting also lay claim to the most successful athlete in any sport, at a single Games (two gold, silver, bronze).

 

“I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t something I’d thought about before”, said Jon. “I had a belief that there would be medal opportunities in every event I had, and we prepared for it. Just little things throughout the year like shooting two big matches back to back. It was all in the planning so it’s hugely satisfying when it all works out in your favour.”

 

Hammond will carry the flag for Scotland at today’s closing ceremony; an honour fitting for his fantastic performance, both as an individual and as a pair with Neil Stirton. Jon will also be joined by shooting colleagues Jen McIntosh and team leader Joan Watt, along with swimmer, David Carry who are also being recognised for their achievements and contribution to Team Scotland.

 

Jen and David have both put in fantastic performances at the 2010 Games, while Joan has been a devoted member of Team Scotland for many years. Starting as a physio in Edinburgh in 1970, 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.

 

Jon narrowly pipped fellow shooter Jen McIntosh, who herself claimed an impressive three medals (two gold, one bronze). Jen also reached some personal targets; particularly winning gold in the 50m prone singles event, which was won by her mother Shirley at the 1994 Games in Victoria. With a world record, equalling performance of 597-42x, Jen also set a new Commonwealth Games record.

 

Jen is open about the inspiration and encouragement she has received over the years from both her mother and her father Donald. “A big inspiration for me was my mother, and I just want to thank my family and my friends for their support”, she said.

                                                                                                          

Jon also spoke about the successes of the team as a whole: “It’s been an incredible Games for shooting. Once we got a few medals it was good for morale, he said. “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.

 

“Shona Marshall in the shotgun event has a medal, and the full-bore guys picked up a medal, so it’s great that we’re contributing as a team. I just wanted to do my best and try to pick up a medal in every one.”

 

The small-bore rifle team contributed seven medals in total (four gold, one silver, two bronze), which coach Donald McIntosh describes as being “beyond my wildest dreams”.

 

“Picking up three 3P medals was ahead of my internal target, and we almost had four”, said Donald. “I’m delighted for Shona Marshall, who has grafted so hard over the past few years, pretty much on her own. And the full-bore guys today had a great result.

 

“We’ve had a lot of support; financial and otherwise from the institute network over the past few years. We’ve had much more financial support over the past few years that we’ve ever had before from sportscotland and it’s delivered.”

 

Shooting Team Leader Joan Watt, is delighted with the performance of the shooting team out in Delhi and hopes that it will be the cornerstone for further development of the sport in Scotland. “I’m very proud of the whole team”, said Joan. “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.”

 

It’s a sentiment shared by Donald McIntosh: “I think we can do more. We’ve got some challenges with the programme change coming up. We’re dealing with people being spread across the world. We struggle to train in the winter because we don’t have the facilities. If we can change that then we can do better”!

 

·         Scotland’s shooters won nine medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games:

o    Gold – 50m prone singles – Jen McIntosh + new Games Record

o    Gold – 50m prone singles – Jon Hammond

o    Gold – 50m prone pairs – Jen McIntosh & Kay Copland

o    Gold – 50m prone pairs – Jon Hammond & Neil Stirton

o    Silver – 50m 3P singles – Jon Hammond

o    Silver – Trap singles – Shona Marshall

o    Silver – Full bore – Ian Shaw & Angus McLeod

o    Bronze – 50m 3P pairs – Jen McIntosh & Kay Copland

o    Bronze – 50m 3P pairs – Jon Hammond & Neil Stirton

·         Shooting was the most successful sport at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, winning 9 medals (4 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze). This is the most medals shooting has ever won at a Games (previous best 7 – 1982 Brisbane & 1994 Victoria).

·         Scotland’s best performing athlete was Jonathan Hammond (small-bore rifle) with 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze.

·         Jon Hammond is Scotland’s best performing athlete in any sport at a single Games. 

 

Team Scotland reflects on a successful Commonwealth Games

 

With a total of 26 medals (9 gold, 10 silver, 7 bronze) Team Scotland has celebrated a fantastic 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Only in Melbourne 2006, has Team Scotland won more gold medals (11).

 

Commonwealth Games Scotland Chairman, Michael Cavanagh said: “When we arrived three and a half weeks ago we knew there were challenges ahead and I’m delighted about how the team has responded to those challenges, resulting in an excellent team performance.”

 

The sentiment was echoed by Team Scotland Chef de Mission Jon Doig, saying: “I have an immense sense of pride at what our athletes and support staff have achieved here over the last four weeks. I am delighted with the overall team performance and it exceeds our medal target prediction of 18-25.”

 

It is particularly encouraging to see the successes of younger athletes with 19 of Scotland’s 28 individual medallists competing in their first Commonwealth Games. “I said at the time of the team announcement that Delhi would give an opportunity for new heroes to emerge” said Jon. “We’ve certainly seen that to be the case during the past ten days of competition.” 

 

It really has been a team effort in Delhi, and athletes have been quick to acknowledge the role played by the team management and support staff. Shooter Jonathan Hammond said: “I have to give a huge thank you to Michael and Jon for all their hard work, and also to the whole support staff. There have been so many people involved to make this happen and make it work.”

 

Fellow shooter, Jen McIntosh added: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone, the support has been fantastic. I owe all my performances to them, particularly the physios we have been working with.”

 

With four medals (2 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze), Jon Hammond is Scotland’s most successful athlete in any sport at a single Games. Following this fantastic achievement, Jon will carry the saltire for Scotland during this evening’s closing ceremony. Jon will be joined by Jen McIntosh, swimmer David Carry, and shooting team leader, Joan Watt, along with swimmer, David Carry who are also being recognised for their achievements and contribution to Team Scotland.

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Jen and David have both performed exceptionally at the 2010 Games, while Joan has been a devoted member of Team Scotland since 1970, as a volunteer, physio and team leader. Jon Doig said: “It gives me great pleasure to announce that our flagbearer will be Jon Hammond. I’m also very proud to be able to offer the opportunity to Joan, who has accepted.” The final place in the party is normally reserved for the Chef de Mission, but Jon has offered it to Joan, to celebrate her devotion to Team Scotland.

 

Team Scotland is famous for its morale and camaraderie amongst athletes, officials and supporters, with Delhi once again proving that we truly are 17 sports, one team. During competition, athletes have been supported by fellow athletes, support staff and partners. David Carry said: It’s really indicative of how we all get involved and there really is a genuine team atmosphere that I’ve noticed at this competition more than any other.”

 

David has also been involved in wider Team Scotland operations, particularly with the Achieve 2014 programme, which has given young prospective athletes for Glasgow 2014, with an experience of a major Games environment.

 

“I got to show the Achieve 2014 kids around the village, and really get involved with their visit. I passed on some of the mistakes I’ve made in the past and some of my lessons”, said David. “I think it’s one of the most impressive programmes that Team Scotland has put in place. To be able to get that experience and information is just amazing for those guys.”

Once again, the support for Team Scotland from commercial and public sector partners has been fantastic.

Michael Cavanagh said: “I would also like to pay tribute to both our commercial and public sector partners, in Clydesdale Bank, Emirates Airline and sportscotland. Without their full support we wouldn’t have even got across the start line. I’m delighted that the Leadership Trust put each of our team staff through their leadership programme, which has paid dividends over the last three weeks in the challenges we have faced.”

At the closing ceremony this evening, the Commonwealth Games will officially be handed over to Glasgow who will host the 2014 Games, marking the start of one of the most exciting four years periods ever for Scottish sport.

 

Jon Doig said: “We are starting to build our plans as we go into one of the most exciting periods in our history, being the host CGA for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014. We’ve always been an athlete focused team and Glasgow will be an athlete focused Games.”

 

Despite Delhi only just coming to a close, Jen McIntosh also has her sights firmly set on Glasgow: “The experiences I’ve had out here have been absolutely phenomenal and I’m really looking forward to Glasgow”, she said. “To have the next Games on home ground; I can’t even imagine what that will be like!”

 

·         Of the 192 athletes selected to represent Team Scotland, 187 actually participated, following injuries or withdrawals.

·         Team Scotland won a total of 26 medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games – 9 gold, 10 silver, 7 bronze.

·         Only in Melbourne 2006, has Team Scotland ever collected more gold medals (11)

·         As things stand this morning, Team Scotland looks like finishing 8th overall in the medal table.

·         28 members of the team won a combined total of 38 medals. There were 10 gold medallists, including two double gold medallists.

·         Seven sports won medals for Team Scotland (Aquatics, Athletics, Boxing, Cycling, Shooting, Tennis and Weightlifting).

·         16 medals were won by men. 9 medals were won by women. 1 medal was mixed.

·         Shooting was the most successful sport at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, winning 9 medals (4 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze). This is the most medals shooting has ever won at a Games (previous best 7 – 1982 Brisbane & 1994 Victoria).

·         Scotland’s best performing athlete was Jonathan Hammond (small-bore rifle) with 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze.  

·         Jon Hammond is Scotland’s best performing athlete in any sport at a single Games.   

·         Three sports which didn’t medal in Delhi compared to Melbourne – Badminton, Gymnastics, Lawn Bowls.  

·         Scotland won the first ever Commonwealth Games mixed doubles, tennis competition (Joss Rae & Colin Fleming).

·         19 of the 28 medallists were competing in their first Commonwealth Games (Jennifer McIntosh, Kay Copland, Charlene Joiner, Jenny Davis, Cameron Brodie, Lewis Smith, Jak Scott, Lauren Smith, Jonathan Hammond, Sean Fraser, Steph Twell, Michael Jamieson, Eilidh Child, David Millar, Joss Rae, Colin Fleming, Callum Johnson, Josh Taylor and Angus McLeod). 

·         Six medallists have competed for Scotland at the Commonwealth Youth Games, demonstrating the importance of this event. (Peter Kirkbride, Robbie Renwick, Jennifer McIntosh, Kay Copland, Andrew Hunter, Hannah Miley) 

·         Four athletes are repeat medallists (Robbie Renwick, Neil Stirton, Andy Hunter, David Carry). 

·         Scotland’s flagbearer for the closing ceremony is decided by the general team management, based on nominations from individual sports.

 
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