Posted on 02 Feb 2014 by MC
I am deeply honoured to have been asked by SRA Council to lead the Scottish team to the USA, and very grateful to our friends in California for having invited us to join them in some convivial competition. Thanks are due in particular to Dennis Flaharty and Jim O'Connell for all their help, to Bob Pitcairn of Canada for his enthusiasm for some keen team competition, to Mick Barr for his advice (from the point of view of a Brit shooting in California), to the SRA and our sponsors for their support, and to the team - especially Adjutant Iain Thomson - for all their work so far.
There will be much that is "new" about this tour. We are greatly looking forward to shooting in a new environment, on unfamiliar ranges, and to trying to master their particular challenges. We will also be shooting at, for us, an unusual time of year, and hope that making such an early start to our season will stand us in good stead in the summer, as well as allowing us to combine skiing with shooting for the first time!
Among the sixteen team members that we are taking to California, who range from four "veterans" to four Under 25s, there are no fewer than eight who have yet to represent Scotland at senior level. My main hope for this tour is that it should help them develop their team shooting skills such that they can win full caps and contribute to Scottish successes in the near future. I have no doubt that being tested by such strong US and Canadian teams will be very beneficial to all of us.
We greatly look forward to the beauty of California, to renewing acquaintances and to making a lot of new friends among the Californian, other American and Canadian competitors, all of whom will be very welcome to join us on our own lovely range at Blair Atholl when they next visit the UK.
Captain, Scottish Rifle Team to the USA (California) 2014