BOC employee Matt French secured a Silver medal for clay pigeon shooting at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

In the finals of the double trap shooting event at Carnoustie, French was up against his England teammate Steve Scott and India’s Mohd Asab in an exciting three way shoot-out. French came a very close second to Scott, scoring 29 to Scott’s 30 out of 30.

When he’s not winning medals, Matt works as a Vehicle Maintenance Technician for BOC, the UK & Ireland’s largest supplier of industrial gases and related equipment, and is based at a production site in Thame, Oxfordshire.

Matt’s boss, Mark Beal, BOC’s Regional Engineer, Transport, commented, “It’s very exciting to have someone competing at that sort of level. Matt’s ambition in sport feeds through to his work ethic. He shows dedication and commitment and is a great asset to the company.”

Matt has been with BOC for 11 years and attributes his success in balancing his work at BOC and a strict timetable of training and competing events, in the UK and abroad, to “An understanding boss, who accommodates my training regime. Mark has been great to me, not just for shooting but for helping further my career, for example with opportunities for training. The opportunities I have had at BOC have helped develop me as a person and have also let me develop my enthusiasm for shooting.”

At 32, Matt is young in his sport and is looking forward to the next opportunities to bring home medals. His sights are now set on the World Championships in a month’s time and this marks the start of the qualification rounds for the Rio Olympics.