Team Scotland hot shots are hoping to bag a brace of medals in the Men’s and Women’s Trap Pairs clay shooting event in todays action in Dehli at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Scotland have fielded a strong partnership in the men’s event with 2006 Melbourne games veteran Ossie McLean paired with Commonwealth games first timer John McDonald. McDonald, 31, of Acharacle on the Moidart peninsula, Lochaber is ranked as Scotland and Britain’s number one trap shooter after becoming the first Scot to win the prestigious British Shooting Grand Prix in 50 years. Sir Jackie Stewart brought home the title in 1960 in the years before becoming three times Formula One World Champion; hitting 121 out of 125 target on his way to victory. Stewart famously missed out on the chance to represent Britain at the olympic games following that victory, but there are high hopes that the duo of McDonald and McLean can fire their way to victory in todays finals. The face tough competition from their Englsih couterparts Steve Scott and Stevan Walton who clinched gold in the Double Trap Pairs event on Wednesday.
In the women’s Trap Pair’s Alford, Aberdeenshire’s Shona Marshall teams up with Sheffield’s Linda Pearson and are aiming to win Scotland’s first ever medal in the womens event. Both competitors have a strong pedigree with Shona Marshall also having represented Scotland in her discipline at the 2006 Commonwealth games in Melbourne.
Chairman of the Scottish Clay Target Association Tony Lithgow is cofident that the Scottish pairs can bring home medals adding that, “Ossie [McLean] and McDonald have a great chance of sucess in the team event.”