Burning ambition: Sandy’s on target for Scotland spot as he prepares for debut

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Kelso’s Sandy Burn is preparing for his Scottish clay pigeon sporting team debut next week, 12 months after his son Jed turned out for his country in the same sport.

The spray painter at LS Starrett in Jedburgh was a successful motocross rider, but had to give up due to too many injuries.

His motocross retirement rekindled his love of shooting and after he took part in 10 selection shoots all over Scotland this year, he qualified as an A-class shot. Most of his practice has taken place at Braidwood, Bywell Shooting Ground and Morebattle Gun Club.

Burn’s Scotland debut will be in Ireland at an international competition, held from September 13 to 15.

As sporting clay shooting is not a Commonwealth sport, Burn says he may look to change discipline to one that is and represent Scotland in the next Games.

While Jed missed out this time, joining Sandy in Ireland is Michael Nairn from Galashiels, who is part of Scotland’s junior side.

Burn said: “I have to thank everyone who has helped me along the way. I am really looking forward to the challenge.”