Day 15 – The Canada and Commonwealth Matches
Day 14 – DCRA National Championships (Fourth day)
Featured Team Members
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 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.
Mike first began shooting at Pate’s Grammar School in Cheltenham upon joining the CCF in 2009. He shot his first Imperial Meeting in 2012, going on to represent Wales in South Africa and the UKCRT in Jersey in 2013, then GBU19 in South Africa in 2015. After a hiatus during his university years, Mike picked up shooting again in 2020, placing within the top 50 of the Grand Aggregate in 2021 and 2022, as well as shooting his first Queen’s and George’s finals, before being selected to tour the Channel Islands with the NRA team in 2022.
Mike has recently taken on the Vice-Captaincy of Wales, with 4 National and 5 Mackinnon caps to date. Aside from being part of the winning National team in 2021, Mike’s proudest shooting moments include wins over both Jersey and Guernsey on their home ranges with the 2022 NRA team, a feat not easily achieved! Having caught the touring bug again, Mike is looking forward to his first trip to Canada and the experiences that come with shooting on new ranges with new faces.
Away from the range, Mike lives in London with his wife, Katie and black labrador, Ralph. He is a retail property agency surveyor, having recently moved to Knight Frank.
Archie started shooting when he was knee high to a grasshopper. His WW1 experienced grandfather tried teaching him how to split an air rifle pellet by firing it at a pen knife. He failed!
Undeterred Archie continued to refine his smallbore skills at school (RGS Guildford) and started fullbore at Bisley early, firing the old Lee Enfield No4. He also made most of his pocket money butt marking as the back of Century is only half a mile from the family house.
His first trip to Canada was as an Atheling in 84. After that he went on to shoot for London University and subsequently the Old Guildfordians Rifle Club for which he was captain for 20 years until last year and toured with to Kersey and South Africa. Further tours were made as part of the GB team to Canada in 2010 and 2014, shooting in BC, Alberta, Ohio and Ontario, although in 2014 the only shot fired was from the hip due to a shoulder injury. In 2019 Archie was part of the England team who shot in Quebec and Ontario which he enjoyed so much he wanted to do it all over again.
He looks forward to the challenges of Quebec and Borden, and the anticipated experiences of Tim Tams, Harvey burgers and Waffles with lashings of Maple Syrup!