What made you choose this sport?
I started shooting from a young age with my Dad, then began clay shooting at the age of 16. My father was a custodian at Tantallon Castle here in East Lothian and used to take me pigeon shooting there. Nothing was wasted and we took whatever we shot home to eat. I love shooting, and spend as much of my free time as I can enjoying the sport.
What is your favourite time of year and why?
August is an exciting time. The international seasons run August-August – with national team selections announced at the start of August and the British Open competition at the end of August.
What is your most difficult time of year and why?
Broadly speaking, clay shooting doesn’t depend too much on seasonality. But snow, heavy rain and high winds can make it difficult to shoot all year round up here in Scotland.
What’s you most stressful time of year and why?
Although it is important to shoot well all year round, team selection is in August and so it’s important to get out to 100-clay shoots as often as you can – particularly over the summer months when the weather is in your favour – and shoot well, ideally scoring no less than 97 out of 100.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
More shooting! I don’t really have any other hobbies. I spend all of my time painting and shooting – though painting is becoming a pain and is getting in the way of shooting as much as I would like!