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Epilogue: Reflections on a wonderful tour

Now that we have all arrived back home, got some sleep, and with many of us this morning on the way back to work – it seems like an appropriate time for one last diary entry to wrap everything up. Firstly, we must tackle the serious point that we missed out on our goal of …

Day 17 – Packing and Departure

After a brilliant final night with birthday celebrations, rodeo, and line dancing, the team awoke in the various rooms of our motel at varying times. The task of packing our rifles and equipment to be flight ready began in earnest, and was finished in time for a lovely rooftop lunch in Barrie overlooking the lake …

Day 16 – The Final Day

Today was the final day of shooting on our Canada tour. The day started with the Gatineau, a 2+15 at 1000 yards, the final shoot of the DCRA Grand Aggregate. Simon Hayton was tied for first place with a score of 75.10v, but narrowly lost out to Zevin Linse in the tie shoot scoring 24.3v …
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Dave Rose
England
Cap #:
859
Big 5 Caps:
17

David is honoured to be entrusted with the responsibility of team Adjutant, a path well trodden in the last decade. This will be David’s eighth trip to Canada and he is looking forward to visiting new ranges he has not previously shot at. He is particularly looking forward to renewing friendships with our Canadian friends and making new ones at the same time. David started shooting with Epsom College (many years ago) and continued with the OERC and at both County and National teams.

Apart from shooting David spends much of his time flying around the country for work and more importantly to Edinburgh to spend time with his better half

Christopher Heales
England
Cap #:
943
Big 5 Caps:
1

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.

James Postle
England
Cap #:
944
Big 5 Caps:
1

James started shooting at prep school aged 11 and continued with small-bore at Brighton College, but it wasn’t until he went to Reading University that he started visiting Bisley. In 1995 James was appointed Shooting Master at Epsom College and enjoyed 13 years coaching teams to 7 Ashburton wins and 5 second places.

He is delighted to be travelling on this team not only with two of his former cadets but also the Captain, who 21 years ago he persuaded might like to come and help coach Epsom – a role he still (willingly apparently!) does today.

In recent years James has had more time to focus on his own rifle shooting and is now County Captain of Gloucestershire. Although this is his first GB tour, it will be his fourth trip to Canada, having been Adjutant of the Athelings in 2001, Commandant in 2010 and toured with the England Team in 2019; he is very much looking forward to returning in hope he can add to his three Governor General badges. James now works at Millfield School where he is a Deputy Head and lives in Cheltenham with his wife Eve.

Nigel Ball
GC SM SC
England
Cap #:
721
Big 5 Caps:
66

Nigel is no stranger to Canada having been on a variety of GB and England teams during the last 32 years. It was his first official team there in 1991 that gave him an appetite to tour and he relishes the chance to return and compete with old friends.

Nigel’s shooting career began in the Royal Navy, where he won the Queens Medal with Service Rifle. He then branched out into Target Rifle which is now his main event and thinks that one day he will be quite good at it if he practices hard. He has gained several Grand Agg, Queens Final and George’s badges in his time but it is team shooting he relishes most. In his opinion there is nothing like a well-oiled team that flows and supports each other, to perform to the best, hence his delight on being in this team with a blend of youth and experience all willing and eager to demonstrate their shooting skills.

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