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Scottish hopefuls have medals in their sights at satellite venue

Glasgow 2014's most remote satellite venue could be the setting for some memorable home triumphs at this summer's games.

. Located in the village of Barry, west of Carnoustie, the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre will host the shooting competitions from July 25-29.

An optional sport in the Commonwealth Games, it has been included at each event since 1970 and should provide great excitement for the host nation when the first shot is fired.

Our shooting team at the last Games in Delhi in 2010 contributed more medals than any other sport. They bagged four golds and nine overall as Team Scotland finished 10th in the medal table in India.

A repeat of that success at Barry Buddon, situated on Ministry of Defence land, which also hosted the shooting competition during the 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games, could provide a defining moment this summer.

The venue, which is currently being upgraded, will play host to around 1450 spectators each day as some of the best talent from around the world competes across four major disciplines. Medals for Clay Target, Full Bore, and Pistol & Small Bore competitions will all be decided in a sport which requires extreme concentration, high skill level, and ice cool nerves.

The Clay Target events will likely be the most recognisable discipline of the sport, which sees athletes fire at flying targets from various directions. Puffs of smoke or dust are produced when the target is hit to confirm competitors' scores for each round.

Full Bore is a competition unique to the Commonwealth games which requires athletes to fire at targets across a range of distances. The other disciplines of Pistol & Small Bore involve firing at stationary targets across 10 to 50 metres. Each discipline consists of several events in which medals are up for grabs.

Scotland's shooting team for the games already consists of some of those who were victorious four years ago. Johnathan Hammond and Neil Stirton who picked up gold in the 50m Rifle prone pairs event will compete at Barry Buddon, while six other shooters have been selected already, and others to be named nearer the games.

The potential star of the show could be Jennifer McIntosh, who became Scotland's most successful women at a single games when, at the age of just 18, she picked up two golds and a bronze at Delhi.

The title of most successful Scottish women at a Commonwealth Games was one she took from her own mother, Shirley, who won gold, silver and two bronze at the 1994 and 1998 games. Her father, Donald, also competed at the Manchester Games in 2002 and is now Head Rifle Coach for British Shooting. Glasgow 2014 offers Jennifer a once-in-a-lifetime chance to add to family tradition on home soil.

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