The cold winter months may be drawing in but it’s all about next summer for our shooters as today six are officially announced as part of Team GB for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The six athletes will compete across four events in Brazil, looking to continue Team GB’s strong track-record of shooting success having won 44 medals – 13 gold, 15 silver and 16 bronze – in Olympic Games history.
The team, containing four Olympians, boast numerous World, European and Commonwealth medals between them and are the third sport to join the Team GB fold for Rio after sailing and canoe slalom’s recent team announcements - bringing the current number of selected athletes to 18.
"It’s fantastic to welcome these six shooters to Team GB for Rio 2016 and to see the team growing," said Mark England, Team GB's Chef de Mission for Rio 2016.
“Team GB has a proud history in Olympic shooting and it’s great to see this trend continuing with the class of 2016. For each athlete to have secured their quota place with outstanding performances in major competitions is testament to the strength of the team and of the individuals we’re delighted to be taking to Rio.”
So, let’s meet the team!
Home town: Newport
Event: Women’s Skeet
Elena Allen is one of Team GB’s most experienced shooters and secured her quota spot for Rio 2016 by winning skeet silver at the 2014 World Championships in Grenada. At the same championships, Allen helped win GB’s first team skeet gold as she triumphed alongside Amber Hill and Sarah Gray.
Rio 2016 will be Allen’s second Olympic Games having competed at London 2012, finishing 12th in the women’s skeet.
Home town: Bracknell
Event: Women’s Skeet
Amber Hill is the youngest ever Skeet World Cup gold medallist and the youngest member of Team GB’s shooting squad for Rio.
The Windsor-born shooter’s debut for Team GB came at the 2015 inaugural European Games in Baku where she took gold after a thrilling final shoot-off with Italy’s Diana Bacosi. Hill then capped off her 2015 in style by winning gold at the ISSF World Cup Final in Cyprus.
Home town: Stranraer
Event: Men’s Double Trap
Tim Kneale is the current men’s double trap world record holder and is a Commonwealth Games bronze medallist from 2010, an event where he represented the Isle of Man. In the same year he won World Championships bronze in Munich.
Kneale secured a quota place for Rio 2016 with a silver medal win at the 2015 ISSF World Championships in Lonato.
A former world and European Junior Champion, Ed Ling has appeared at the Olympic Games on two occasions – Athens 2004 and London 2012 - and has also won the world and European universal trap titles.
At the 2014 World Championships Ling took silver behind Slovakia’s Erik Varga, which qualified Team GB a quota place for Rio 2016. A year later Ling competed for Team GB again, this time at the Baku 2015 European Games, where he finished just outside the medal places in fourth.
Home town: Edinburgh
Event: Women’s 50m 3 Positions
London 2012 Olympian Jen McIntosh is the most decorated Scottish athlete in Commonwealth Games history having won five medals across both Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014.
At London 2012, the Edinburgh born shooter finished 36th in the women’s 10m air rifle event and 42nd in the 50m rifle three positions. In 2015, McIntosh finished fourth in the 50m rifle 3 positions event at the European Championships in Slovenia, securing a quota place for Team GB for Rio 2016.
Battle, East Sussex
Men’s Double Trap
After finishing 12th at Beijing 2008, Scott went on to become a double Commonwealth gold medallist after clinching the double trap pairs title at Delhi 2010 alongside Stevan Walton and the individual accolade four years later at Glasgow 2014.
The Lewisham-born shooter competed as part of Team GB again at the inaugural Baku 2015 European Games, finishing fifth in the men’s double trap, and rounded off his year in style by taking gold at the ISSF World Cup Final in Cyprus.
A double World Championship bronze medallist, Scott secured the team’s fifth quota spot for Rio 2016 with a silver medal win at the Gabala 2015 World Cup in August 2015.