Neil Stirton

Where in Scotland are you from? Aberdeen

What discipline(s) do you shoot and who are your coaches? I shoot Rifle (Prone and 3P). Anne-Grethe Jeppesen is my coach.

How did you get involved in the sport and what was shooting journey to get on to the performance programme? When I was 11, I went to go shooting with my Dad out in a field and we ended up aiming at cans which we threw down into a quarry. I went home and told my Mum how much fun I’d had and she asked “So what are you going to do about it?”. Grabbed the Yellow Pages and looked up Shooting but didn’t find anything but then found an advert under Target Shooting. I phoned up Bon-Accord Rifle Club here in Aberdeen and went up for an interview. From there I started locally, and after a year got my own equipment. Went on to perform regionally and soon became the Scottish Junior Champion. The journey continued where I embarked onto the International scene (GB) in 1999 and have not looked back since, having now competed at 3 Commonwealth Games and delighted to be representing Scotland for my 4th Games in the Gold Coast 2018.

Where you do your shooting? I train at the Bon-Accord Rifle Club in Aberdeen, indoors at 25yds and outdoors at 50m. Since our event is based at 50m, then during the winter months you will also frequently find me training at Meadowbank in Edinburgh where we have one of the very few indoor 50m ranges in the UK.

What are your hopes and plans for the future in terms of your shooting career? Would be delighted to do Scotland proud and be on the podium in Australia in a couple of months time at the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast.

Any other interesting non-shooting related fact about yourself that you would like to mention? Enjoy keeping fit which tends to involve running, cycling (both road and mountain biking) and badminton. When not competing, I spend a lot of time working on my company and with my team to ensure our customers receive the best possible service. Sport has brought a lot of positive and transferable skills into my working career for which I am very grateful.