Featured Team Members
Derek began fullbore shooting in the cadet force at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford, moving on to the Athelings in 1991, Oxford University and the Surrey county team through the 1990s. He has been fortunate enough to represent England or Great Britain in various guises in Australia, Canada, Jersey, Kenya, Namibia, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
This tour will be Derek’s sixth to South Africa, and fourth as Adjutant. Keenest at long range and in a team environment, he also spends a lot of time in Match Rifle. Aside from coaching and shooting (usually in that order), Derek sits on various committees in order to delay the inevitable moments when he has to leave Bisley. He is an experienced charity trustee both in shooting circles and at the church he attends in central London, and works in corporate management for a shuttle tanker fleet.
Graham’s shooting journey started at Stamford School, progressing through university, England U21 and GB U25 World Championships in 2003 and 2007. He has been a regular member of England and GB teams since 2015 both as a coach and as a firer. This will be his third tour to South Africa, his first Palma, and he is very much looking forward to more contact with those tricky Bloemfontein winds and outstanding fellow marksmen.
Graham is the manager of the English Lions talent development squad and the Membership Secretary for the English Twenty Club (the governing body for TR in England).
When not on the ranges, Graham works as a Consultant Anaesthetist with a specialist interest in Oesophageal and Intestinal Failure surgery. At home is his very understanding and supportive wife Sophie and their two children Charlie and Annabelle.
George started shooting at the age of 14 as a pupil of Shrewsbury School, under the expert coaching of Tom Rylands. He began shooting smallbore before making the transition to fullbore, shooting the Ashburton four times, and is a proud member of the Lancashire county team. His favourite moment during his shooting career was winning the Imperial 150 team match.
Living in the Lake District, George does a fair bit of climbing, cycling and generally enjoys being outside. He is currently studying Sports and Exercise Science at Oxford Brookes University. He also competes in other variations of shooting sports most notably competing in Winter Biathlon which incorporates cross-country skiing and shooting in both prone and standing positions.
George is very much looking forward to going to the World Championships in South Africa.
Sarah began shooting at Sedbergh School as a young cadet and has loved it ever since her first Bisley trip. She became Captain of the shooting team in her last year at school, and has been to the Channel Islands three times as a shooter and coach in cadet GB teams. She trained with the English Lions last year and is a proud member of the Lancashire county team. This will be her second time shooting in South Africa after joining the GB teams there in March 2023. She is delighted to be selected to represent the GB U21s at the World Championships and is looking forward to improving her skills and helping build a strong team on tour.
Sarah is in her second year studying Biology at the University of Sheffield. In her free time she enjoys art, spending time with friends and learning about wildlife.
Having first discovered the delights of shooting in South Africa as part of the 1993 GB team, Stephen is looking forward to making his 10th return visit. He first started shooting at Rugby School, continuing at Cambridge University where he managed to change course enough times to ensure he got in plenty of practice. Over the years, he has shot in many teams matches, has captained the England team in the National Match and enjoyed the odd highlight individually too – winning the SA Long Range Agg in 1993 and State President prize in 1999.
Stephen is a veterinary surgeon by profession and was a partner in a small-animal practice in Colchester; now managing a small property business. He is a keen skier and, with all three children having flown the nest, he enjoys travelling with his wife Kate.
Reg is a semi-retired Fellow Chartered Accountant who develops land and property projects in the UK and Canada. He’s an Aussie by birth, arrived in the UK in February 1983 and the country has suffered ever since!
He started shooting in 1971 with The Kings School, Parramatta. Reg has toured overseas with 11 GB teams including seven to Canada, one to Australia in 2005 as Captain, and was a target coach for the GB Palma winning teams in 2007 and 2015. His personal worldwide achievements include 19 H.M. Queen’s Final badges and six Bisley Grand Aggregate crosses. Reg was inducted into the “The Big 5” after captaining the GB Kolapore team in 2016 to an ICFRA target, record score of 1196 ex 1200.
He is married to Jennifer and has four children, two of which, Nick and Tim, are already avid fullbore shots.