Strathallian makes team for World Sporting Clay Shooting Championship
Alasdair Lightbody's star is very much in the ascendancy in the world of clays. The former Strathallan pupil learned his sport while still at school here, and under the watchful eye of coach Eddy Buchan, has blossomed into a real talent in the making.
Lightbody has again been chosen to represent Scotland at U21 level - and will head to Kelmarsh Estate this weekend to compete in the prestigious ICTSF World Sporting Clay Shooting Championship.
Speaking to StrathNews ahead of the event, the 19 year old from Stanley said,
" It's really good, I'm really happy about making the team. The event is pretty big in terms of clay shooting, so it's going to be great fun."
Lightbody believes that Strathallan was instrumental in building his love of the sport, and says that's thanks in large part to the fantastic facilities on offer.
" There is a dedicated clay range at the school and that is a massive advantage. It's great for prepartions for selection shoots, as well as for taking on other schools. It definitely sets the school apart from the rest. It's the only School in Scotland that has a clay range.
" Coach Eddy Buchan has also been a huge inspiration and a big help - he has really pushed us with different techniques."
The former Nicol pupil now hopes to carry on with shooting for as long as he is able.
" I'd definitely like to stick at it," he said.
"Whether that's at international level, or purely for enjoyment. It's a great sport and I would like to keep on going with it for as long as possible."