Rifleman has valley roots

A former Ettrickbridge Primary School pupil has been included in the Scottish Rifle Team who departed for their tour to the USA this week.

Jamie Campbell was brought up in Selkirkshire and learned to shoot while his family were living on Bowhill Estate.

After his family moved to Perth, Jamie went on to captain Aberdeen and Scottish Universities rifle teams before taking a 14-year gap to concentrate on a career in mechanical engineering. He now works in corporate strategy and lives in Sussex with his wife.

Jamie’s dad, Niall, told The Wee Paper: “Hopefully, Jamie’s success will encourage youngsters to take up the sport by starting with smallbore rifle shooting at the new range near Midlem.”

Representing his country for the first time, Jamie is part of a squad of 14 men and two women who will take part in four individual tournaments and three team matches over the course of 22 days, culminating in test matches against the USA and Canada on March 7 and 14.