January 1 - Donald McIntosh (pictured), a former Commonwealth champion, has been appointed as the new head rifle coach of Britain's shooting team.

McIntosh, based near Falkirk in Central Scotland, has been an assistant coach on the World Class Performance Programme since 2005, leading the talent and development programmes in 2007 and 2008 and supporting British athletes at many international matches. 

He led teams to a number of multi-sport and other major international matches, including the 2007 World University Games, 2008 European Under-21 Championships and 2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival. 
He also briefly visited Beijing during the 2008 Olympic Games as part of the British Olympic Association's (BOA) Olympic Ambitions programme. 

Britain has an outstanding record in the Olympic rifle events, having won a total of 48, including 14 gold, but have not been on the podium since Malcolm Cooper claimed victory in Seoul in 1988.

McIntosh was also team manager for rifle and pistol at the 2006 World Championships in Zagreb, and has recently stepped down from the Board of British Shooting, where he has been the representative of Scottish Target Shooting since 2006. 

He holds an International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) ‘B’ Coaches License and has an MSc in performance psychology.

McIntosh represented Scotland at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, and was coach with the Scottish team at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. 

He is a former Scottish champion in all three of the Olympic rifle events, and won gold medals at the 1999 and 2001 Commonwealth Shooting Championships.