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Susan Bell / Susan Jackson (1973- )                                                                                                              Back to HoF intro page

No. of Caps: 52 First: 1993        
  Last: 2010   CG & CSF Medals
Cap record         G S B
Commonwealth Games Prone 3 1 1 1
3P 1
Commonwealth Shooting Federation Championships Prone 4 1    
3P 2
Commonwealth Shooting Federation (European Division) Prone 2      
3P 1      
National Meeting Main 1      
Ladies 1      
3x40 1      
3x20 2      
Scottish Meeting Main 3      
Ladies 6      
NSRA Air Rifle Main        
Ladies 4      
NSRA 50m Championships Prone 1      
3P 1      
Other Prone 9      
3P 6      
Air 4      

Susan is one of only two Scotland shooters to have a 'full house' of Commonwealth Games medals, winning one Gold, one Silver and one Bronze at each of three consecutive Games.  They were achieved in reverse order, perhaps the most satisfying way.

Susan had a really great build-up to the CG in Melbourne 2006 where she won her Gold medal.  She took a year off work to train full-time for the Games and initial results looked good as she really 'cleaned up' at the Scottish Meeting in 2005, winning several trophies through the week including the A Class Aggregate with a score that would have placed her narrowly 2nd in X Class, and culminating in her triumph in the Scottish Long-Range Championship - the Earl Haig - becoming one of the select few women to have won it.

Susan took up shooting aged 13 at Dunfermline Rifle Club.  Her father and brother were both members there and she was very keen to try any sport that her brother was into. She continued shooting when she went to Dollar Academy, and was a successful fullbore shooter there as well as excelling at smallbore. 

Her first experience of shooting for Scotland was in the Scottish Schools fullbore team and she was very proud to be a member of the team but even more so to captain it and be the only female in it.  Her first experience of shooting smallbore for Scotland was a very nerve wracking one in the Scotland Ladies team at the Scottish Meeting in 1993 at Blairgowrie while she was shooting for Edinburgh University. She needn't have worried too much - she was second top scorer in the team.  She also shot in the Scotland Junior team there (concurrently)

While at University she was impressed by the success of Trish Littlechild and Shirley Smith (now McIntosh) at the Commonwealth Games in 1994.  They were members of the illustrious EU Alumni club of the 1990s and they inspired Susan to begin the long and arduous trek to Gold medals at the Commonwealth Games.  Her husband Angus is also a shooter and this will have made the journey easier as he understood the requirements of the heavy training schedule required, and gives her his full support.  Susan has the drive and dedication to work for her success and it has paid off.

Her medals were all won in the women's prone pairs events.  First the Bronze in Kuala Lumpur with Shirley McIntosh, then the Silver in Manchester with Sheena Sharp, then again with Sheena for the Gold in Melbourne.

The CG medals are the tip of the iceberg.  Her list of other successes include: the Scottish ISSF women’s prone twice (1999 and 2005), the Scottish ISSF women’s 3P three times (2002, 2004 & 2005), a silver medal in the Prone competition (mixed) at the French Masters in 2005 and of course the Haig also in 2005.  A Gold Medal at the CSF Championships in 2001 was also achieved.  She's a versatile shooter as she is no mean air rifle shot too, although she admits that's not her best discipline.

Susan recently held jointly (with Shirley and Sheena) the Scottish women's record for 60 shots prone (ISSF rules) with the score of 594 (although Sheena has raised that record to 596) and extended her own record in the women's 3-positions 3x20 course including an Olympic Final to 673.2 in 2008. 

She has of course been in GB teams as well, attending one World Championships and three European Championships, as well as three World Cups. She is a highly experienced shooter, used to winning.

Susan is a qualified Chartered Accountant and worked for a nationally-known firm of accountants for many years.  However, she subsequently took up a post as Project Manager for the Scottish Institute of Sport Foundation, after giving birth to Matthew in 2006, and in 2011 became the Athlete’s Representative on the Board of the Scottish Commonwealth Games Council for 4-year term of office.  She is also a Senior Director of the Winning Scotland Foundation.  Matthew now has a sister, Hannah, born in 2009.  She currently shoots for Watsonians in Edinburgh and helps to run the Watson’s school rifle club.  For recreation she and Angus go skiing, for which Susan won a University Blue.  Is there no end to this woman's talents?


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October 2009

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