Mechanical engineering student shooting for success



Seonaid McIntosh, a 1st year Mechanical Engineering student and Sports Scholar, won two gold medals and a silver medal in the 10m Junior Women’s Air Rifle at Intershooting, the annual international shooting match for Air Pistol and Air Rifle in Holland from 5 to 7 February.

The competition provides a training opportunity for all competitors as they can shoot three full matches during the three day tournament.

She said, "This competition was good experience for the upcoming European Championships. It gives me a good opportunity to shoot the scores I need to qualify for the World Cups and also to get into finals and practise shooting against people that are experienced competition for me.”

Seonaid, the youngest shooter in Team Scotland at last summer’s Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, added, “My future hope is to go to the Olympics. I’m not sure about Rio as it’s so close, but I’m definitely aiming for Tokyo.”

Seonaid is one of 150 students to be supported by Winning Students, Scotland’s national sports scholarships for student athletes. Through the programme she receives funding support and the academic flexibility required to perform at the highest level in sport and studies.

Talking about the Sports Scholarship scheme she said, “The scholar scheme helps me to continue competing at an international level whilst also obtaining my degree."