THE most successful Scottish athlete at any Commonwealth Games with two golds and a bronze from Delhi 2010 will be competing miles from the Glasgow epicentre at Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Carnoustie.
But that will matter little to Edinburgh-born and domeciled Jen McIntosh who has the incentive of trying to surpass the achievements of mum, Shirley, who amassed a gold, silver and two bronze medals at the 1994 and 1998 Games.
“The Commonwealth Games were always a big thing for me growing up, with both my parents competing throughout my lifetime. To be part of something so important to me was very special.
“I’m also really proud to be Scottish, so the Commonwealth Games are really important because it’s the only multi-sport event when I can compete under the saltire!” said Jen.
The family connection extends to dad, Donald, as Scotland team manager and he’ll also be keeping a close eye on his younger daughter, Seonaid, another member of the shooting contingent.
“We’re really looking forward to a home crowd and their support for a Scottish team means a lot,” says Donald, who does, however, strike a cautionary note.
“A home Games also brings challenges as the media will be particularly interested in Scottish athletes and sometimes they may be distracted by friends and family who are close by.
“It’s really important to us that we keep them inside the Commonwealth Games bubble so they can remain focused on their performance.”
A member of Team GB at the London Olympics, Jen will compete in the 10m air rifle, 50m prone and 50m three position events. As for Seonaid, she competes in the Small Bore rifle and 10m air rifle.
Other shooters with Capital connections are Angus McLeod, Caroline Brownlie and Sarah Henderson.