David McMath, Strathclyde’s Commonwealth Games gold medalist says his shooting win was “the proudest moment so far” in his sporting career.
The 21 year old won the double trap shooting event, setting a Games record of 74 and claiming Scotland’s seventh gold and thirtieth medal overall at Gold Coast 2018; which made it the country’s most successful away Games ever.
David, who was awarded a Full Blue at the Student Roost Strathclyde Sports Awards Ball 2018 in February, returned home with Team Scotland on 17 April and was quick to praise his colleagues.
“The team was incredible. Everyone was so friendly and it was great to go and cheer on other sports in the downtime, it really made you feel like you were part of something much bigger.
“It was so great to be part of Scotland’s most successful overseas team, and to be the one that broke the target for them (pardon the pun) was so special.”
David kept his cool throughout the final against Tim Kneale of the Isle of Man to secure his win and Games record.
“It was the proudest moment so far in my career. With four shots to go, I knew I had to hit one target so after the next pair I knew I had won, but I wanted to remain calm to finish with the highest score I could.”
David studies Civil Engineering at the University of Strathclyde and will be be starting his fourth year in September.
“I decided to take a break in my studies to compete at the Games and train in the lead up. It means I will be around for an extra year but it is definitely worth it.” He added, “the help from the university since joining has been great, the support staff at the CSR are fantastic.”
Team Scotland’s return of nine golds in a 44-medal haul is their best ever at a Games outside of Scotland and saw them finish eighth in the medal table.
Habbi Liton, VP Sports and Wellbeing, was delighted with the performance of Strathclyde students at the Games.
“It was amazing seeing our athletes wearing Scotland jerseys and competing at Gold Coast. We kept a close eye on all the results in the office and it was amazing when we came in to find David McMath had won gold. It shows that we are a university that can support top class sportspeople and I’m proud of all our Strathletes that competed at the Games.”
David wasn’t the only Strathlete to medal in Gold Coast with Chemical Engineering student David Weir and his artistic gymnastics teammates picking up a bronze on the first day of the competition.
Several other Strathclyders were also representing Scotland at the Games. Humanities and Social Sciences student Rob Harwood scored two goals for Scotland’s men’s hockey team, including their opener in a 4-2 victory over South Africa. Sport and Physical Activity student Alex Dunn reached the quarter finals of both the men’s doubles and team competition in the badminton. Holly McArthur, a Mathematics student, was Scotland’s first Commonwealth heptathlete in 20 years, and finished tenth, while Accounting and Finance student Bethan Goodwin helped Scotland’s netball team to a ninth-placed finish.
You can see David McMath’s medal-winning shot on the BBC website.
Strathclyde Sports Union has long been recognised as one of the top destinations for student sport in Scotland. With 53 sports clubs, and with over 3,000 members, they’re one of the biggest and most diverse student sport communities in Scotland. You can find out more on Strath Sports Union on www.strathsports.co.uk.