Shooting stars have their sights on medals!

The medallists of the Queen's Prize Pairs lark around on the victors' podium after the ceremony on Sunday. They are from left - Jim Paton, Canada; David Luckman, England; Angus McLeod, Scotland; Des Vamplew, Canada; Parag Patel, England and Ian Shaw, Scotland.
The medallists of the Queen's Prize Pairs lark around on the victors' podium after the ceremony on Sunday. They are from left - Jim Paton, Canada; David Luckman, England; Angus McLeod, Scotland; Des Vamplew, Canada; Parag Patel, England and Ian Shaw, Scotland.

Barry Buddon provided an exciting battleground for the shooting section of Glasgow 2014 this week with plenty of tense competitions and even some chaotic weather.

The MoD training ground between Carnoustie and Monifieth was turned into an international hub for the Commonwealth Games with hundreds of athletes and thousands of spectators descending on the venue over the course of the five days of competition.

Australia's Daniel Repacholi faces off against Prakash Nanjappa of India in the final of the Men's 10m Air Pistol final.

Australia's Daniel Repacholi faces off against Prakash Nanjappa of India in the final of the Men's 10m Air Pistol final.

Although Friday was a scorcher, Saturday’s weather proved troublesome, delaying the Queen’s Prize Pairs and even affecting the indoor events with the outdoor medal ceremony for the Women’s 25m Air Pistol held over to the Sunday.

But according to full bore shooter and half of Team Scotland’s Queen’s Prize Pairs entry, Angus McLeod, the weather was par for the course.

He said: “In full bore rifle you are battling against the elements. It was damp but it could have been worse.”

“This is a normal day at work for us and Barry Buddon is famous for its weather.”

Jon Doig, chef de mission for Team Scotland, was very proud of his squad, he said: “Our athletes have been truly inspired by the magnificent home support and I am confident that there are many more athletes yet to contribute to an outstanding team performance, determined to make Scotland proud.”

Head over to www.guideandgazette.co.uk or www.arbroathherald.co.uk to see some of the videos and slideshows we produced during the competition.