Shooters' stories - Jennifer McIntosh

Jennifer McIntosh is a British shooter who most recently took home the Silver medal for Women's 50m 3P and the Bronze medal for 50m Prone Rifle in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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As Scotland's most decorated female athlete in Commonwealth history as well as being a London 2012 Olympian, we wanted to find out what makes Jennifer tick and so interviewed her to find out more...

ELEY: What got you into the sport of target shooting in the first place?

Jennifer: Both of my parents are rifle shooters - my dad is currently the Head Rifle Coach for Great Britain as well as competing at a Commonwealth Games in 2002.  My mum went to two Commonwealths and won four medals (a Gold, a Silver and two Bronze).

ELEY: Why did you take up target shooting rather than another sport?

Jennifer: I wanted to do what my parents did. I was also not particularly well coordinated as a kid so I struggled with a lot of more active sports.  I also wasn't the greatest team player so I liked the individual aspect of shooting.

ELEY: Is there a particular person who inspired you and do they continue to inspire you?  Or was it something that you tried and found you were good at naturally?

Jennifer: My parents obviously inspired me to begin with and continue to do so to this day, although in a different way now.

ELEY: What made you like target shooting so much that you wanted to become a professional athlete?

Jennifer: I enjoy winning and the only way to win is to train hard.

 

Thanks to Jennifer for this interview. Stay tuned for more shooters' stories.