Day 15 – The Canada and Commonwealth Matches
Featured Team Members
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
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.
This will be Patrick’s first cap for Team GB. Having toured last year with the NRA Channel Islands team (record beating team!) and enjoying it so much, the only natural next step was applying for the Team GB Canada tour. The best thing about tours is you quickly learn that shooting is important, but the people you meet on the journey is the best prize.
A larger, longer scale shooting tour is a great way to spend any summer and Patrick will be thoroughly looking forward to the shooting and socialising with a new team on a new range.
Patrick lives in Hong Kong and as there isn’t any shooting there his other interests are hiking, ice hockey, golf and travelling.
Michael started shooting as a Cadet in the Campbell College CCF and is now the shooting officer in the Contingent. He is a regular for Ireland in the National and Mackinnon matches and is a member of the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Squad.
Individual successes include winning five Northern Ireland Championships, the Jersey Summer Meeting and in 2022 Michael was the first competitor in 26 years to achieve the Irish double, by winning the Irish Open and Northern Ireland Championships in the same year. In 2018 he was proud to Captain and shoot for his club team when they won the Astor County Championships for the first time. Michael is also a member of the URA Fullbore Committee, the governing body for fullbore target rifle shooting in Northern Ireland. This is the Belfast man’s first GB cap and he is delighted it is to Canada. With many relatives living there, it is a country close to his heart.
A professional photographer, Michael is grateful for the support of his ever patient wife Sara and their children Amy, Robbie and Harry who are all studying at university.