Balfour Beatty Summer Placement student and sharpshooter David McMath has won Commonwealth gold in the men's ‘Double Trap’ shooting event for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane after an exciting final.
As the ‘Double Trap’ name suggests, two targets are released simultaneously and one shot is taken at each. A consistently reliable technique and precision accuracy are necessities for success in this event at an International level.
Born in Dumfries 21 year old David, a Civil Engineering undergraduate at Strathclyde University, has completed graduate placements with Balfour Beatty’s construction business in Scotland where he worked on projects as a Site Engineer Assistant including; the A75 Garroch Roundabout, the Clyde wind farm and the Perth Transport Futures Project.
David McMath said: “I am absolutely thrilled to both represent and win Commonwealth gold for Scotland. When the celebrations are over I look forward to returning back to Scotland and resume my work at Balfour Beatty before completing my Civil Engineering degree.”
Hector MacAulay, Managing Director of Balfour Beatty’s regional business in Scotland & Ireland, said: “As his expert performance proves, David has a keen eye and sharp focus on his targets. David has a great career in Civil Engineering in his sights and we look forward to welcoming him back to Balfour Beatty before completing his studies. All at Balfour Beatty would like to congratulate David on his superb Commonwealth gold medal.”
A clip of David winning Commonwealth gold can be viewed on the BBC website here
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• Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has been operating in Scotland for over a century. Today, the company employs 2,000 people across Scotland and works with a supply chain that includes a substantial proportion of local businesses.
• The company’s construction business recently completed the award winning Holyrood Student Accommodation development, providing 1,180 student beds within the World Heritage Site of Holyrood in the City of Edinburgh and the construction of a Typhoon Propulsion Service Facility to support the rebuild and supply of the EJ200 engines used by 3 Typhoon Squadron.
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• Iconic projects of the past include the refurbishment of Forth Bridge which was nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Status and carries the East Coast Mainline over the Firth of Forth, the Fife General Hospital and Maternity Services provision which centralises specialist in-patient, acute and emergency services on one site and the restoration and extension of Lewis Castle and Museum Nan Eilean to provide a new museum, archive and hospitality facility on the Isle of Lewis.