Seonaid McIntosh (Form VI) Selected for Commonwealth Games
It has now been announced that Seonaid McIntosh (FVI) will compete as one of 8 members of the Shooting Squad in this summer’s Commonwealth Games. She will compete in the Small Bore Rifle- 10m Air Rifle alongside her sister, Jen (FP 2009), who is also on Scotland’s shooting squad for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
Commonwealth Games Scotland today confirmed its final team line-up for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, announcing a record 310 athletes who have met the selection standards to represent the nation at this summer’s home Games.
Needless to say, the school is very proud of Seonaid and Jen and wishes them well as their training begins in earnest for the summer’s competitions. Dollar Academy’s Rector, David Knapman, reminds us that Seonaid is that quintessential Dollar pupil: an all-rounder who excels in so many varied arenas. He said, ‘Seonaid loves her shooting but she’s also an excellent musician and she’s a great demonstration of the fact that, with excellent support, Dollar pupils can achieve highly in a wide range of activities.’
Shooting does run in the blood of the McIntosh family. Seonaid’s sister, Jen, has been a shooting internationalist for some time, and was a member of Great Britain’s Olympic shooting squad in London 2012. Seonaid’s mother, Shirley (nee Smith) McIntosh (FP 1982) was also an internationalist shooter who competed in the Commonwealth (winning a Gold, Silver and two Bronze medals). And, Seonaid’s father, Donald McIntosh, is the Team Leader for Shooting. It is probably no surprise that Seonaid has now joined the other members of her immediate family in shooting competitively on the international stage.
Seonaid explains how her family’s shooting success inspires her, saying, ‘I am just so proud to be selected to represent my country especially given my family history with the event. I look forward to competing and would love to come back with a medal, but I would just be happy to shoot the best I can. The huge support I have received from Dollar Academy this year has really helped in my campaign to success.’
Dollar Academy’s shooting squad has had a remarkable string of victories whilst Seonaid McIntosh has been a member of its team. Most impressively, the school won the Ashburton Shield this year: the Ashburton being the blue ribbon event of schools shooting. A shortlist of Dollar Academy’s recent shooting victories includes: the London Scottish Vase; the London Scottish Cup (which Dollar Academy has now won sixteen times); the Devon (in which Dollar Academy was the 1st Scottish school ever to win the Silver Salver) and Green Howards Country Life (the blue ribbon event of the indoor season).
At Bisley in 2013, Seonaid competed against over 1200 other entries. She competed across a very wide range of categories, and placed highly in several competitions. Her greatest accomplishments at Bisley 2013, however, include coming 1st in The Schools 100; 3rd in The Cadet Grand Agg and 1st in the Cadet Monday Agg.
At this year’s BSSRA competition, for the second year in a row, Seonaid won Best Individual, defeating the best entries from across the United Kingdom.
Craig Stewart is Master in Charge of Shooting at Dollar Academy and is also heavily involved with coaching shooting at international level for Scotland. Upon learning of Seonaid’s success, he said: ‘Seonaid’s selection is a classic example of where hard work and attention to detail bring its rewards. The sport of target shooting is more sophisticated and cerebral than simply hitting a pinhead 25 metres away. To reach this level of performance our shooters are training within Dollar’s programme which is as complex and demanding as that any international athlete would undertake. Jen has always had the drive to be the best—shooting is just a part of that. In this deeply competitive family, Seonaid is proving that she has what it takes to be the best as well.’
The school has also learned, latterly, that Corinna Whitaker (FP 2008) has been selected to play on Scotland’s table tennis team. Everyone at Dollar sends congratulations and best wishes to Corinna as she prepares for the upcoming Games.