Nick Pye

Where in Scotland are you from? I was born in Poole, Dorset. We moved to Scotland when I was 6, my mum was from Glasgow.

What discipline(s) do you shoot and who are your coaches? I shoot 10m Air Pistol and .22 Free Pistol. However I also shoot anything that goes bang, from black powder revolvers to clay pigeons.

How did you get involved in the sport and what was shooting journey to get on to the  performance programme? I have been shooting since I was 8, so that makes 36 years! My parents bought me an air rifle and I have been shooting ever since. I used to shoot a lot with my brother, but after he was killed in a car crash I stopped for a while. I then joined Tayside Airgun Club in 2012, for rifle shooting, but started pistol shooting there, and got into the postal competitions and from there to the Grand Prix competitions run by the Scottish Pistol Association from 2015. In 2015 a big breakthrough came when I was posted to Inverness with work and met Mark Joyce who started coaching me. I then won the Scottish Open in 2016 and was invited to join the development squad after that.

Where you do your shooting? I train at Tayside Air Gun Club at Auchterhouse by Dundee.

What are your hopes and plans for the future in terms of your shooting career? After a very difficult end to 2017 and through to mid 2018, I can see my scores start to improve. My midterm goal now is to raise my score to average 568, by March 2019. Once this is achieved I can then take the next step upwards. I want to become a “professional shooter” in my competition processes and score level, and not be subject to the fluctuations in performance I can experience now. This means a very concentrated and methodical approach to be able to achieve my aim. This will reap its own rewards by allowing me to stay with the squad. I also want to start competing abroad next year, as long as finance and time permit!

Any other interesting non-shooting related fact about yourself that you would like to mention? I have been involved with martial arts for over 30 years, and from this came an interest in sword and bow forms of the arts. From that came an interest in archery, and I started to make archery bows using traditional methods, although shooting comes first and I do not have much time to devote to this! I am also a Dad of two boys, who I hope to continue the shooting tradition! (I am also trying to get my wife to compete, but she is so far resisting, I will keep trying!)