Aberdeen shooter McIntosh calls time on career at 27

Jen McIntosh has retired from shooting at the age of 27
Jen McIntosh has retired from shooting at the age of 27

Former European and Commonwealth shooting champion Jennifer McIntosh has retired from the sport at the age of 27.

Aberdeen’s McIntosh, the most decorated female Scottish athlete in Commonwealth Games history with five medals, has cited her lack of desire as one of the factors in her decision to call time on her career.

Bon Accord Rifle Club member McIntosh said: “I cannot quite believe that this day has finally come, but it is with mixed emotions that I announce my retirement.

“This has been an incredibly difficult decision to make, but was actually taken some time ago and is in no way a reflection on recent performances or results.

“The circumstances surrounding my retirement are perhaps not what I would have chosen, they are what they are and I am confident that I have made the right call.”

McIntosh, eclipsed the record previously held by her mother Shirley and Elenor Gordon when she won silver in the women’ 50metre rifle three position and bronze in the 50m rifle prone in Glasgow in 2014.

Those medals, added to her two golds and a bronze in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, made McIntosh Scotland’s most successful female athlete.