Alister ‘Jock’ Allan is Scotland’s most successful Commonwealth Games competitor, leading the medal table having clinched 10 medals in shooting during a career spanning four decades.
Born in the village of Freuchie, Fife, Alister learned to shoot as a youngster with the Air Training Corps. After winning the Scottish small-bore title in 1966, he represented Great Britain at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City and finished ninth. It was the first of five appearances at the Olympics, where he finished in the top 10 five times.
His dedication was rewarded at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles with a bronze medal in the three-position small-bore rifle event – a discipline he’d only taken up in the late 1970s. He bettered the feat four years later with silver in Seoul, where he was pipped to gold by Great Britain team-mate Malcolm Cooper.
In between Olympics, Alister became world champion in 1978 and set a world record for the prone shoot in 1982. His success for Scotland in the Commonwealth Games gave him a haul of three gold, three silver and four bronze medals between 1974 and 1994.
Having spent most of his life working as a PT instructor with the RAF, Alister coached the New Zealand rifle team. He was awarded the MBE in 1989.
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