Nick Pye

Where in Scotland are you from? Nicholas Ballentyne Pye, I was born in Poole in Dorset, but My mother comes from Glasgow. I have lived in Scotland since I was 6.

What discipline(s) do you shoot and who are your coaches? 10m Air Pistol, SARC disciplines, and Black Powder Pistol shooting. My Coaches are Mark Joyce, David Owen and Alan Ritchie. I also train under Hugh Hunter in the development squad when I can.

How did you get involved in the sport and what was shooting journey to get on to the  performance programme? I have been interested in shooting for as long as I remember. I have been actively shooting since I was 7 years old, when my parents relented and bought me a BSA Meteor! 

Where you do your shooting? I shoot anywhere there is a competition! My local Club is Tayside Airgun Club, at Auchterhouse near Dundee. 

Most shooting grounds are a little run down, but I enjoy the atmosphere at them and as long as you have plenty of warm clothes and food you are fine! 

What are your hopes and plans for the future in terms of your shooting career? The moment I am still new to the sport, really only having two years under my belt. I am 43 now and hope to get to a level that I can be a genuinely competitive shooter around the shooting community, at a constant performance ranking. 

I am still finding out about myself and the 10m Pistol Sport, and as I grow in the sport I am developing and experimenting to find out what works for me. It is a long journey both mentally and physically!

Any other interesting non-shooting related fact about yourself that you would like to mention? I am a Bowyer: IE I make traditional wooden self Bows and Arrows. These are made by hand and are as they were hundreds of years ago. I am self taught and it took me two years to be able to stop breaking them and get them finished! They still break sometimes...

And I have a lovely wife and two smashing kids