Robin Shand

Where in Scotland are you from? I grew up in Edinburgh and now live in Aberdeen as I go to Robert Gordon University.

What discipline(s) do you shoot and who are your coaches? I started as a prone shooter but now concentrate on 3P. Andrew Ross is my main coach. He helps me a lot on training weekends with different exercises and new techniques although when I’m shooting regularly, Ian Shanks is there for me to ask questions if needed.

How did you get involved in the sport and what was shooting journey to get on to the performance programme? My dad introduced me to the sport by giving me a gift voucher to try air rifle at a place in Kirkcaldy for my 11th birthday. It was just shooting at metal targets to knock them down but ultimately, it was enough of a taster to make me want to try real target shooting at my school’s club. My dad did rifle shooting when he was in university so he’s always been really supportive of me in the sport. He came along to most of my competitions to support me even if they were small.

After a few years or training and help from the school’s coach, Ian Thomson, I started competing in the Scottish Rifle Meeting held at Lauder. 

After this, my potential was noted and I was asked to join the Scottish Junior Development Squad, hosted by Ian Thomson, Sheena Sharp and Mike Ozmond. This was to develop my prone and air rifle. They taught me to shoot 60 shot matches preparing me for STS prone GPs and other ISSF matches. 

When I was 17 I went to my first international event which was the British Junior International. This is an event held at Bisley which featured other countries such as America, South Africa and Denmark. I have continued to go to the Junior International for the past 3 years now although next year will be my last time going because after that I'll be too old to be considered a junior.

When I moved up to Aberdeen for university I stopped training with the Junior Squad and instead Iain Malone took over as my coach. He taught me the basics of 3P Rifle and was a big help, after a year of his teaching I got promoted into the Tier 2 Squad which was really exciting for me as it would allow me to get help with 3P Rifle more consistently. Even though its early days in the new squad I think this year I’ll improve my personal bests substantially as this will be the first year where my main focus will be 3P. 

Where you do your shooting? Most of my shooting is done at the Denwood range because that’s where my university train but in the Summer and Winter breaks I come back to my old range which is at George Watson’s College.

What are your hopes and plans for the future in terms of your shooting career? Getting to compete in a world cup or commonwealth games would probably be my biggest goal and now I'm in Tier 2 that goal is looking much more achievable than ever.

Any other interesting non-shooting related fact about yourself that you would like to mention? I'm currently studying Cyber Security at university.