GLASGOW: National shooter Edward Khor must be feeling as if he is at a boot camp judging by the way he has had to carry 20kg worth of equipment for 1km everyday – from the main entrance to the shooting range.
The shooting event is being held at the Barry Buddon Shooting Range in Dundee.
It wouldn’t be much of a problem for Edward – if only he was much younger!
But the 51-year-old shotgun specialist is not one to complain – even if it’s a tiring affair daily.
He just hopes that he won’t hurt his back before his individual double trap event begins on Thursday.
“I feel as if I’m taking part in a cross-country obstacle event. Maybe this is the organisers’ wicked scheme of trying to weed out the older and injury-prone shooters like me!” he joked.
“It is no joke having to carry my gun case and bag – weighing about 20kg in total – and walking about 1km each way on a very uneven path.
“The organisers do not allow us to use the road. They say it’s not a designated path. The path we use is uneven, wet and soggy. Trolleys can’t be used because of the road’s rough surface.
“We requested for our bags to be transferred by buggy but it seems they don’t have such a service.
“I trudge long with the other shooters and my main aim is to avoid getting any injuries.”
He is, however, pleased with the other facilities at the shooting venue, which is situated about two hours from Glasgow.
“They are good although all are temporary structures … built only for the Games. They will be removed after the Games, including the shooting range and the trap machines,” he said.
“We would have loved to stay at the Games Village with the rest of the athletes, and where all the action is. But there is less distraction here in Dundee and this allows us to focus more on our shooting.”
Edward also revealed that he plans to bow out gracefully after the Glasgow Games.
“It is sad to think that this will be my last Commonwealth Games … but we all have to bow out one day and I hope it ends well for me here,” said Edward, who won a silver medal with his son Benjamin in the double trap team event at the last Games in New Delhi in 2010.
“There is only the individual event this year and there are many good shooters around. Steven Scott of England just won the European Championship two weeks ago. Tim Kneale of the Isle of Man broke the world record at the World Cup in Munich last month,” he said.
Hopefully all that “boot camp” training will come in handy when he pits his skills against much younger rivals in Dundee.