Summerside Kindergarten ex-pupil wins bronze at Commonwealth Games
Former Summerside Kindergarten pupil Jen McIntosh won Scotland a third shooting medal with a bronze in the women’s 50m rifle – prone. Jen was unable to retain her Commonwealth title but it was a fourth Commonwealth medal for the 23-year-old, who was pipped by winner Sally Johnston from New Zealand and South Africa’s Esmari Van Reenan.
McIntosh said: “It’s incredible, I’m glad I could give the people here something to cheer about. On days like today it comes down to being mentally focused and not panicking. It wasn’t easy out there and it came down to holding my nerve. It’s a pity I couldn’t defend the title, but the competition today was very intense. The standard just keeps on going up and up.”
Jennifer is following a family tradition as both her parents competed internationally. Donald, Jennifer’s father, competed at the Commonwealth Games 2002 in Manchester, and won two Commonwealth Championships and is now the Head Rifle Coach for British Shooting. Jennifer, the defending champion felt under a lot of pressure as she matched the four medals her mother, Shirley, won during her career, and her mum was on hand to present her daughter with her medal. And it was mum Shirley who presented Jen with her medal.
“It was a great honour to be able to present the prizes in the event that I won my own gold in 20 years ago, but it was especially exciting for me when Jen was one of the medallists,” said Shirley. “It was emotional – good emotions. I only found out two hours before the presentation that I had been asked to make the presentation.” It was a family affair. Jen’s father, Donald, as team manager, was close at hand but said he had to go outside because he couldn’t bear to watch.
At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Jen won Gold in the Women’s Prone Individual, Gold in Women’s Prone Pairs with Kay Copland and Bronze in the Women’s 3×20 Pairs, again with Kay Copland. Her Mum Shirley competed at the Commonwealth Games 1994 and 1998 where she also won four medals, a gold, silver and two bronze medals over the two Games. Amazingly, both Jennifer and her mother have held the crown for most successful female athlete at a single Games for the Scottish team.