Strathclyde student wins Commonwealth Games gold medal

David McMath

A University of Strathclyde student is a shooting star after winning a gold medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Civil & Environmental Engineering student David McMath triumphed in the double trap shooting event, with a score of 74 out of a possible 80. He finished five points ahead of the silver medallist, and world record holder, Tim Kneale from the Isle of Man.

David’s gold medal was Team Scotland’s 30th of the 2018 games, creating a new national record for an overseas Commonwealth Games. The previous record was 29 in Melbourne in 2006.


David told the BBC: “After the first few pairs, I was a bit on the back foot but I started to pull it out after that.  

“It’s been absolutely incredible. If I couldn’t go to Glasgow (in 2014), I wanted to come here to Australia.”

David, from Castle Douglas in Dumfries & Galloway, is in the third year of his course at Strathclyde and is ranked 10th in the world for the double trap discipline. He won the double trap Scottish Championship in 2017 and also finished strongly in the same year’s English Open and British Open, coming second and third respectively. He was also champion in the 2015 British Junior Open.

In the double trap event, two targets are released simultaneously and shooters take one shot at each of them. The targets travel a distance of 55 metres.

David is the second current Strathclyde student to win a medal in Gold Coast. He follows Chemical & Process Engineering student David Weir, who won a bronze as a member of Team Scotland’s five-man Artistic Gymnastics squad.

Other Strathclyde students competing for Team Scotland are:

•           Alex Dunn (Badminton)

•           Bethan Goodwin (Netball)

•           Rob Harwood (Hockey)

•           Holly McArthur (Athletics).