Athlete profile: Tim Kneale
As one of the Isle of Man’s two medalists 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 Rio 2016, after being selected as one of the six-strong team to represent GB. 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 Somerset.
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!)
Aims for 2016:
Tim is aiming high in 2016 with being named one of six shooters to have been selected to shoot for Great Britain at next year’s Olympics in Rio.
Kneale said “It is so exciting to compete at my first Olympics. I hope I can do myself and Team GB proud”.
‘It feels absolutely amazing to make the Rio team, but also a bit surreal. It’s not sinking in. I’ve been to a few Commonwealth Games and world games, but an Olympic Games will be fantastic. To have the atmosphere that Rio will bring with it will be amazing.
"It's been a long, tough road but all the hard work has paid off thanks to the support from friends and family, my coach Martin Barker all the staff at British Shooting and my girlfriend."
"It is such a proud feeling to be representing GB in Rio 2015 at the pinnacle of international sport”.
He secured a quota place for Rio 2016 with a silver medal win at the 2015 ISSF World Championships in Lonato.
The GB shooting team are sixth on the all-time Olympic Games shooting medal table with 44 - 13 gold, 15 silver and 16 bronze.
What do the Commonwealth Games mean to you?
“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!