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Sharpshooter has games in her sights

20 July 2017

Heriot-Watt University Electrical Engineering student Seonaid McIntosh, 21, has met the event qualifying standard for shooting.

Heriot-Watt University Electrical Engineering student Seonaid McIntosh

Seonaid began shooting when her medal-winning older sister, Jennifer, returned from competing in the London 2012 Games. She made rapid progress, becoming Team Scotland’s youngest shooter competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

It’s a family affair with her former Commonwealth Games shooting father Donald as her coach, her sister Jennifer as her regular training partner, and her mother is four-times Commonwealth Games medallist Shirley.

Seonaid is one of 150 students supported by Winning Students, Scotland’s national sports scholarships programme for student athletes which is funded by SFC. Eighteen Scottish universities and 25 colleges form the Winning Students network.

Through the programme she receives funding support and the academic flexibility required to perform at the highest level in sport and studies.

“My university gives me lots of flexibility. If we have lab work when I’m due to be away then they move it so I can do it the next week or so. And Winning Students has been a great help too. Last month I did my exams when I was away competing and they helped me around that.”