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Commonwealth call up

By Bob Geddes
Commonwealth call up

A 21-YEAR-old crackshot from Castle Douglas is one of 35 Scots named as part of Team Scotland for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast.

David McMath, who is studying at Strathclyde University, has already won clay pigeon championships at events across the Uk and has had success abroad.
David, who took up shooting seven years ago was absolutely delighted to be selected for the Games to be held in Australia from April 4 to 15: “I’m delighted but all this year it has been pretty tough for there are only 11 places for all the various shooting disciplines so it has been pretty ‘cut-throat’ to get a place.”
He will be taking part in the double traps and added: “I’m pretty pleased to be in the team and I think I’m the second youngest in the shooting team.”
David, who also competes at the local shoots at Dalbeattie and Kirkcudbright when he gets the time, trains at a range 40 minutes from Glasgow.
Reflecting on 2017, he said: “I’ve had a pretty good year and won the Scottish Championship which I hadn’t done before as a senior with the highest score ever shot in Scotland.
“I shot really well at the World Championships in Russia where I was edged out at the final but it was pretty good for my first world championship.”
David was out at the Gold Coast last month and said: “It was pretty exciting to see where we’re going to be next spring. We’ll be away for about three weeks and I’m really looking forward to it.”


Photo by Jeff Holmes


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