Martin Townsend


  • Hertfordshire
  • Ireland

Martin is the team’s Vice-Captain and brings a wealth of experience to the job, having captained several GB teams in the past, most notably to wins in the Kolapore in 2004, the Palma match in 2007 and the Australia match in 2010.

A well-known coach, if not shooter, both at Bisley and overseas, Martin has steered his shooters to success for more than 20 years. Highlights include the Centenary Match (1990), several Kolapore, Australia and Protea matches, and the winning 1992, 1995, and 2003 Palma matches.

This is Martin’s 17th GB team tour, and his 4th to Australia. Two of these have been target rifle teams (1994 and 2005), while, as befits a long range wind coach, two have been Match rifle teams (1997 and 2004). Martin’s wind coaching experience is spread over 80 appearances for Ireland and Great Britain in ‘Big 5’ matches, as well as several Elcho and Woomera trophy matches. 

Poppy Lodge at Bisley is where he and his wife Pearl spend most of their summer weekends although, when not on the ranges, Martin works in the philatelic world where he is one of the UK's leading dealers in the stamps and postal history of Great Britain.