Student earns World Champion title



A Heriot-Watt student has shot to glory after a record breaking trip.

Seonaid McIntosh, who is in her fourth-year of an electrical and electronic engineering course, is the first British female athlete in 121 years to become World Champion at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championships in South Korea.

It was a memorable competition all round for the 22-year-old who, in addition to her individual title, also won bronze in the 50m Prone Rifle team event helping secure the first medal finish for a British women's team in 39-years.

The remarkable feat crowns what has already been an incredible year for the Dollar-woman with recent double medal success at the Commonwealth Games in Australia's Gold Coast following on from her European Championship win in 2017.

Seonaid, who has secured her place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as part of Team GB, said: “It's only just starting to sink in.

“It was an incredible experience and winning a team medal as well made it all the more special. The competition was very strong but I was focussed without ever really thinking about the outcome.” 

Preparations are well underway for Seonaid's next big challenges, which come in the form of the European Championships, European Games and World Cups in 2019.

The ISSF World Championships are held every four years and were first staged in 1897.