Countdown to Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

Harry Creevy

Shooter Harry Creevy is aiming to gain selection for this eighth Commonwealth Games. If he is chosen to represent Team Isle of Man at Glasgow 2014 it will be a poignant moment as he made his Games debut in Edinburgh in 1986. With seven Games under his belt he has already competed at the Commonwealth Games more times than any other Isle of Man competitor, but is determined to have one last crack at winning a medal.

Athlete profile: Harry Creevy

Age: 58

Hometown: Douglas

Occupation: Landlord at The Albert Hotel, Douglas

Sport: Target Rifle (50metres men’s prone) 

Sports Clubs: Isle of Man Shooting Club based at St Johns, Laxey Rifle Club based at Laxey Glen Gardens and Appleton Rifle Club, Warrington.

Sporting achievements:

Harry has represented the Island since 1979 to date at the Commonwealth Shooting Federation Championships (European division), the Commonwealth Shooting Federation Championships, Island Games, and seven consecutive Commonwealth Games, starting with Edinburgh in 1986. He has made the finals at several games and in 1994 Commonwealth Games in Canada he came away with a British record.

In addition, Harry has represented Great Britain since 1995, competing in the Men's 50metres Prone event at numerous World Cups including Munich, Milan, Atlanta, Sydney, Fort Benning in the USA, Bordeaux and Zagreb, as well as European Championships and World Championships up to 2004. At this point Harry changed direction and started competing in the Men's 300metres Prone event in 2005. During the 1980s he became Island Champion for the first time at both outdoor 50metres and indoor 15yards and has won many more since.

Whilst representing Great Britain, Harry won the World Championship 300metres (team 3) gold at the 2010 World Championships held in Munich and holds European Cup medals at 300metres. He has also been the British Short Range Champion as well as winning the British 50metres and 300metres Championships.

Target events for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games: Harry's target event is the Men's 50metres Prone event which is the main event he has concentrated on for the last 18 years.

Aims for 2014:

Harry is looking forward to attending the European 300metres Cup events being held in Finland, Denmark and Croatia. Also the World Championships being held in Granada, Spain, where he'll defend the World Championship team gold he won with his two team-mates back in 2010. 

In the build up to the Commonwealth Games his intentions are to attend the British Free Rifle club event in March, the 50metres English Championship in May, and the British 50metre Championship in June, in addition to the 300m events. Harry said: “It’s going to be like completing a jigsaw trying to fit in training and competition time for both 50metres and 300metres events. At the Commonwealth Games I am hoping to get into the final top eight, this would give me the opportunity of a possible medal finish at the Games which would be a perfect end to my last year competing at international level. I hope to make the European 300metres Cup Final, the top 20 competitor’s from the European Cup series October 2014. In the future I would like to continue to assist and coach up and coming shooting talent, having worked with Gemma Kermode for the last four years I have really enjoyed it and found it very rewarding seeing her steady improvement.”

What do the Commonwealth Games mean to you?

“I feel as though I have been very lucky. It all began locally with Tony Osborn who laid the foundations for my shooting career, and Stuart Earle whose advice I still seek. I started shooting at club level initially, indoor at 15yds moving onto 50metres outdoors and gradually building up to off-Island competitions where I met and made friends with people who helped me with my shooting. All of a sudden I was at international level representing the Island, and then Great Britain. I feel honoured to have taken part in the Commonwealth Games over the years. The Glasgow Games were not in my plans for 2014 until Trevor Taubman, Team Isle of Man General Manager for the 2014 Games, reminded me that having begun my Commonwealth Games journey in Scotland in 1986 it seems fitting that I should try to attend what would be my final Commonwealth Games again in Scotland in 2014. After some thought I decided, why not!”