Shirley McIntosh MBE

2011 Inductee

Freshers’ Week’s Sports Fair was the springboard for Shirley McIntosh’s remarkable career in shooting. Deciding to give the sport a go, she won her place in the University team then went on to become a multiple Scottish and British champion, compete in World and European Championships, and win four Commonwealth Games medals. In 1986 she won the British Universities Individual title – only the second woman to do so.

During her career, Shirley held Scottish records in the three women’s international disciplines and once held all three at the same time. She also held the British records in the Prone and 3 Positions disciplines. She won 44 Scottish caps and 10 GB caps.

In 1994 she won the first Prone gold medal for women at the Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada, where she also won the silver medal in the Prone Rifle – Pairs. This led to the honour of being selected as the Scottish flag-bearer at the closing ceremony. Four years later in Kuala Lumpur, she won bronze medals in the Prone Rifle – Pairs and the 3 Position Rifle – Pairs. Shirley won the Eva Bailey Cup (best female sports performer) in 1985/86 and was awarded her Blue in 1986/87. A leading light in the EU Rifle Club which continues to be extremely successful, she was also involved in setting up the EU Alumni Rifle Club. In 1996 she was awarded an MBE for her services to sport.