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February Training

After a 3 month break since our last outing in November, the team regrouped for our final full squad training weekend before we head out to South Africa in three weeks…

Tour Brochure

We are pleased to announce that the South Africa 2024 Tour Brochure is now available online…

November Training

After the unseasonably warm weather of first two training weekends of the autumn, the Team knew that their final weekend together in 2023 was going to be far colder and more testing. Storm Ciaran had run its way across the south of England for the preceding 2 days…
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Featured Team Members

Matthew Ensor
England
Cap #:
848
Big 5 Caps:
49

Matthew started shooting in 1992 at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford. This will be his 15th overseas tour, sixth World Championships and sixth shooting trip to South Africa, having previously visited with GB (2008, 2017, 2023), England (2009) and first with the GB U25s in 2000.

While Matthew has enjoyed a smattering of individual shooting successes, including winning the 2009 Scottish Sword and three consecutive top 10 finishes in the UK Grand Aggregate, he feels most at home wind coaching in team matches. Matthew particularly enjoys the intensity the World Championships and the fickle winds found on the General De Wet ranges in Bloemfontein. He is very much looking forward to combining the two for the first time.

When not on the range, Matthew works in Higher Education and lives in Chelmsford.

David Luckman
GM2 GC3 SM SB3 SC6
England
Cap #:
775
Big 5 Caps:
84

David will be touring South Africa for a ninth time having first visited with the Great Britain team 26 years ago. He is looking forward to catching up with friends, both local and international, and is hoping to compete in his seventh Palma Match.

David’s successes include winning the H.M. Queen’s Prize (twice), Grand Aggregate (3 times), the St George’s (4 times) plus four Gold Medals at the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games. In 2015, he finally managed to shed the title of ‘Oldest ever World Individual Long Range rifle champion’ but his new long-term goal is to one day regain that title.

David started shooting with Sedgemoor Target Shooting Club and represents Somerset county. He is married to Susie and lives in Bristol with their children Thomas and Sophie. When he has time, David is a keen sports player and enjoys cycling, tennis, and swimming.

Under 25s

Tom Shaw
England
Cap #:
945
Big 5 Caps:
2

Tom is a self-employed architectural designer, specialising in residential development and contemporary design. The majority of Tom’s work is based in Oxfordshire and Berkshire, but he has plans to move into residential property development in the near future.

He began shooting at the Oratory School and is now Captain of the school’s alumni team, known as the Cardinals. This will be his third overseas tour in two years, having visited Kenya and South Africa with England, and Canada as his first full GB cap, both in 2023.

Tom is very proud to be part of such a strong U25 team and is honoured to have been appointed Vice-Captain. There is no doubt about the talent in the team and Tom is hopeful that they will be successful in their pursuit of the Word Championship title, even against the fickle Bloemfontein winds.

Under 21s

Daisy Armstrong
England
Cap #:
n/a
Big 5 Caps:
1

Daisy began shooting at Sedbergh School aged 14 and had a good first Imperial Meeting, winning the Alexandra. She then went on to be Captain in her final year of school.

Daisy quickly fell in love with team shooting and had her first taste of this while touring Jersey with the UKCRT in 2018, followed by Canada with the Athelings. She was looking forward to going to South Africa with the GB U19s but sadly the COVID-19 pandemic prevented that so instead toured to Blair Atholl in Scotland the following year.

Daisy is currently studying Food Business Management and Marketing at Newcastle University. After her studies, she hopes to travel New Zealand and Australia. Away from shooting, Daisy enjoys spending time on the farm and beaches in Northumberland and seeing friends in Newcastle. She is very much looking forward to travelling to South Africa with the GB U21 team.

Veterans

Stephen Penrose
England
Cap #:
736
Big 5 Caps:
23

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.

John Webster
England
Cap #:
692
Big 5 Caps:
25

John started shooting fullbore in the cadet force at Uppingham School in the early 1970’s, progressing to the Athelings (1974), NRA representative honours (1981 tour to Zimbabwe), England (Mackinnon 1984), and Great Britain (Canada 1987). He has since shot in all the Big 5 matches, as well as in the America Match, and has been on 12 overseas tours with GB or England teams, captaining three of them, most notably the 2011 GB team that won the Palma and Australia matches in Brisbane.

He has been actively involved in GB Veterans shooting since reaching the qualifying age, captaining them on their 2 previous tours, to South Africa (2018) and New Zealand (2019). This tour will be his sixth trip to South Africa with a target rifle, and he is very much looking forward to improving his Afrikaans beyond knowing the difference between a “lekker skiet” and a “kak skiet”.

Tour Information

Captain’s Foreword

My family has a long tradition of fullbore rifle shooting with substantial links to South Africa. My Grandfather Major Tom Anstey, captained the 1953 GB Team to South Africa whilst my father, Major David Scott-Langley, was Adjutant to the 1963 GB Team. In 1993 I made my first trip to South Africa as a member of that year’s Great Britain Rifle Team…

Itinerary

GBRT Palma 2024 tour itinerary and shooting programme.
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