As one of the Isle of Man's two medallists in the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, where he claimed a bronze in the Double Trap event, shooter Tim Kneale is hoping to rise to the occasion once again at Glasgow 2014. Tim began his international career in 1998, representing the Isle of Man when he was just 16, and first shot as part of the Great Britain team in 2002. He has been ranked no. 1 in Australia and has competed all around the world. A former schoolboy rugby enthusiast and Isle of Man Under-19 Captain, he only took up shooting seriously after suffering a broken leg!
Home town/village: Born in Douglas but grew up on family farm in Jurby East. Now living in Stranraer
School/college/employer: SAC Consulting, the agricultural consultancy arm of Scotland's Rural College
Sports club: Nuthampstead Shooting Club, Hertfordshire (It's a sign of his dedication that this is a regular 800 mile round trip from his home in Stranraer!)
2012 Scottish Champion
2010 Commonwealth Games Delhi - Bronze Medal Double Trap
2010 World Championships in Munich - Bronze
2009 Australian ranked No. 1
2008 European Championships - Great Britain Team Silver
2008 UK Champion
2008 English Open Champion
2005 Lonato, Italy - shoots 147 to equal world record
2002 World Championships Lahti, Finland - Great Britain Team Bronze
Manx Champion on numerous occasions
Target events for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games:
Double Trap to be held at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Carnoustie Sunday 27th July
Aims for 2014
Tim is aiming high in 2014 with four major goals he wants to accomplish. "I'm really hoping to pick up another medal for the Isle of Man at the Commonwealth Games," he says. "Obviously I'd like to get gold but to win any medal for the Isle of Man would be brilliant."
Before then Tim will be participating for a 3-man British team in the World Cup in Munich. "Last time I was there in 2010 for the World Championships I missed out on the final by one target so I'm hoping to put that right this year," he says. He is also hoping to qualify for the World Championships in Spain later in the year and aims to finish the season in the Top 3 ranking for Great Britain. "I've fallen down the rankings due a disqualification so I really want to get back up in the Top 3 by the end of 2014."
Although his work keeps Tim off-Island for much of the time, he does benefit from Isle of Man Sport Aid and is able to take advantage of facilities on the Island when he returns. "I've recently been back for a wedding but managed to fit in a session with physio Ruth Cooil as well as strengthening and conditioning work with Trevor Christian and a catch up with Sports Performance Co-ordinator Chris Quine. I also benefit from some sports psychology sessions with Amanda Martindale at Edinburgh University and I have a great coach in Martin Barker at Nuthampstead - I really appreciate all the support I receive."
What do the Commonwealth Games mean to
"I'm lucky enough to have competed in international events for a number of years but generally when you are on the world stage, you're competing under the British flag. The Commonwealth Games is the biggest event where, as a Manx national, you can represent your individual country. It's a great feeling to stand there and look around you at all the other competitors and think that you, from a small country like the Isle of Man, can beat most of them! And it's pretty amazing to take part in the opening ceremony where there are more people in the stadium than there are on the whole of the Isle of Man!"
* The Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association is the organisation responsible for the publicity, fundraising, travel and support for Team Isle of Man's participation at the Commonwealth Games. It is a registered charity and relies upon fundraising events and donations to fund Team Isle of Man's participation. Fundraising initiatives are being planned in the countdown to Glasgow 2014 and donations to support Team Isle of Man can also be made at www.cga.im