Epilogue: Reflections on a wonderful tour
Day 17 – Packing and Departure
Day 16 – The Final Day
Featured Team Members
Andrew was given a .177” air rifle for his seventh birthday. As he was absolutely useless at ball sports, he was delighted to discover something he could do.
He was lucky enough to attend Epsom College where he didn’t work very hard, but really got hooked shooting the good old .303”. He was in the school’s first ever Ashburton winning VIII in 1973, the month before he toured to Canada as an Atheling, where he shot like a drain.
Life then got in the way of shooting in Canada, spending the next 42 years flying airliners for a living, but still managed to shoot in the UK. He did squeeze in tours to New Zealand and Australia in the ’90’s, competing in a couple of Australia Matches and a Palma. He’s hoping his wife Alison didn’t notice. He toured with his son James in 2009 to Bloemfontein. As they were both missing, Alison probably twigged that one! After an interval of 38 years, he shot at Connaught in 2011 and again in 2019.
Now that he is retired, he indulges himself shooting as much as he can. He is passionate about supporting youth shooting, running the .22” range at a local Prep School and helping out at Epsom. Unsurprisingly, he is looking forward to meeting long standing Canadian friends and forging new links with others.
Christopher shoots with the West Suffolk Rifle Club in Norfolk, currently their captain, he is also a regular member of the Norfolk County team. He has previously toured to Canada and Guyana with England and been a member of three European Long Range teams, appearing also in the National and Lawrence. This will be his first GB tour.
When not shooting or at work, he may occasionally be found cycling along local leafy lanes, although vigorously denies having gone full “MAMIL”. He also enjoys cooking and dabbles in the world of home brewing, sometimes with explosive results. Happily married with 2 grown up children and a dog.
Tom is a self-employed architectural designer, specialising in residential development and contemporary design. The majority of Tom’s work is based in Oxfordshire and Berkshire, but he also has plans to move into residential property development in the near future.
Tom began shooting at the Oratory School and is now Captain of the schools alumni team, known as The Cardinals, as well as Vice-Captain of the GB U25 team due to visit the World Championships in South Africa, 2024. Some of Tom’s shooting highlights include representing England in the National, Protea and against Kenya, as well as being part of an unbeaten GBU25 team in South Africa 2023 and an unbeaten NRA team in 2022.
This will be Tom’s first visit to Canada and he is very much looking forward to the challenge of new ranges as well as the opportunities of being part of his first GB team.
Lindsey started shooting at Dollar Academy when she was 13. This will be her fourth visit to Canada to compete – She first visited as an Atheling in 2013, and has been lucky enough to return two more times with GB and Scotland since then.
She has never shot in Quebec before so particularly looks forward to competition there. This is Lindsey’s first overseas tour since the last U25 World championships in New Zealand where she came 5th in individuals and top scored in the team match – she hopes to have similar success this summer.
Outside of shooting she is an enthusiastic (but not talented) rock climber and runner.