Latest News

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more
1237 Next

Featured Team Members

Gary Alexander
Ireland
Cap #:
796
Big 5 Caps:
66

When asked to join the management team for this tour i didn’t know the world was about to be knocked sideways by a pandemic that would postpone us a couple of years and put us on course for “plan G”!

I am delighted to be returning to Borden after a very long time and very much looking forward to a first visit to Montreal.

Our team has a wide range of experiences and it has been enormous fun working with them all including my son Jack who will put a keen edge on my own competitive nature.

Off the range I enjoy scuba diving in beautiful places around the world with Zoe and getting out in the countryside with a shotgun in the crook of the arm with Fergus our springer spaniel.

Reg Roberts
England
Cap #:
707
Big 5 Caps:
24

Reg is a Chartered Accountant who owns a recruitment agency in the South of England. Although Australian by birth, he arrived in the UK in 1983 and the country has suffered ever since!  He started his shooting career as a cadet in 1971 when laid up with a rugby injury.

Reg has toured overseas on 11 previous GB teams including 7 to Canada, one to Australia in 2005 as Captain and was a target coach for the GB Palma winning teams in 2007and 2015. His personal achievements include 25 Queen’s final badges, 6 Grand Aggregate crosses and 12 St.George’s badges. Inducted into the ‘big five’ in 2016, he Captained the winning Kolapore match that year with a record score on ICFRA targets.

His is married to Jennifer and has four children, two of which, Nick and Tim, are already avid fullbore shots. Reg’s other hobbies include fly fishing, share investing and the development of a golf resort in British Columbia.

Simon Hayton
England
Cap #:
942
Big 5 Caps:
1

Simon started fullbore shooting as a cadet with Cranleigh School CCF in 2003. He has subsequently shot for Newcastle University, Northumberland, Berkshire, and London and is the Secretary of the Old Cranleighans’ Rifle Club.

The main highlight of his individual shooting record so far has been to win the Daily Telegraph Challenge Cup in 2019 with a score of 75.15v, although he is much prouder of his contribution to various team successes over the years. These include top-3 results in county matches, and an Astor medal. This will be Simon’s first GB tour and he is excited for the opportunity to compete in the company of such a capable and accomplished team.

Outside of the fullbore shooting season, Simon finds great joy in the smallbore postal competitions he has time to enter as part of Pinewood Rifle Club. Simon enjoys skiing and ski touring and is a Chemical Process Engineer working for an energy and renewables consultancy, and has been refurbishing a house in Surrey with his beloved wife since 2021.

Jon Underwood
GM GC2 SM2
England
Cap #:
745
Big 5 Caps:
75

Jon’s passion for target shooting started at the tender age of 11 at Aldro School on a 20 yard range in a converted greenhouse. Jon continued to enjoy the sport, learnt about fullbore shooting and ‘Bisley’ when he moved to the Royal Grammar School at Guildford. With the sport becoming more than just a hobby, he continued his shooting career at London University, subsequently making regular appearances for Surrey County.

Jon has achieved a number of notable successes over the years including winning the Grand Aggregate in 2005 and 2009, the Queens Prize in 2006, and most recently the Governor General’s Prize in 2019. He has also been a member of many successful teams representing England and Great Britain. Back home, Jon looks after his family business interests in Surrey (handy for Bisley), including a tool hire business and property management and rental business and in ‘spare time’ has returned to Guildford Grammar School to help with the coaching. Jon also has the responsibility of looking after Ted – ‘The Underdog’!

Tour Information

Sponsors

GBRT Canada 2023 logo
The Great Britain Rifle Team to Canada 2023 is extremely grateful to all our sponsors and supporters.

GB Canada 2023 – Team Brochure

GB Canada 2023 Brochure FrontCover
GB Canada 2023 Team Brochure available as a flipbook:
More Information