MARSDEN Ian < Back  
Sport Shooting
CGA Scotland   
Gender Male
Born 16 Jul 1959 in Edinburgh, SCO
Height1.78 m
Weight 78 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family He has two sons, Greg and Scott.
Residence Perth, SCO
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team Edmonstone Gun Club:
Name of coach Iain McGregor
International Debut
Year 1981
Competing for Scotland
Tournament Home International Shooting Match
General Interest
Hobbies Shooting, fishing, walking. (cgcs.org.uk, 13 Sep 2010)
Awards and honours He was the opening flag bearer at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. (cgcs.org.uk, 13 Sep 2010)




Other information OCCUPATION
Estate Management. (Team Scotland Media Guide, 2010)

SEVENTH COMMONWEALTH GAMES
The 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games will be his seventh consecutive appearance at the Commonwealth Games, having competed at every edition since Edinburgh in 1986. (melbourne2006.com.au, 01 Dec 2006)

BATTLE WITH LEUKAEMIA
After a routine blood test in 1999 he was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia and was given five years to live unless a bone marrow donor was found. However, the national and international search for a suitable donor took many months and he eventually decided he had waited long enough and in June 2000 started on a drug called Interferon Alpha, which resulted in a year of multiple daily injections leaving his body "sore...like a pincushion." He began to lose his hair and a lot of weight, as well as other unpleasant side effects, leaving him so weak that he could not even lift his gun. Then, he heard about a trial for a new drug called Glivec, and after a course of several months the drug made him feel better with "very few side-effects". The search for a bone marrow donor continued, and while he was not in remission he said "I'm still alive and I'm getting better every day". In January 2009, he marked his 10-year battle against leukaemia by helping to host a fund-raising event in Perthshire, saying "I would say I'm very very well. I never tempt fate but I lead a perfectly normal life." (dailymail.co.uk, 01 Dec 2001; news.bbc.co.uk, 30 Jan 2009)