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Day 21 – Palma Match Day 1

And so, 1849 days since the last one, it was finally time to play for the big one: the Palma. Three and a half years of training and anticipation comes down to two days, six ranges, sixteen firers, and 7,200 points. The weather forecast suggested a somewhat cooler day, with cloud cover. Alas it wasn’t to be, as the morning dawned cloudless, with a gentle breeze from the left-hand side…

Day 20 – Team Practice

Today was our final chance to practice as a team before the big match tomorrow. The team was selected last night and announced internally, with our formal team announcement today…

Palma Team Announced

Great Britain will be represented by the following team in the Palma Match, to be held at the General de Wet range in Bloemfontein, South Africa on 22 & 23 March 2024…

Featured Team Members

Zoë Stirling
Cap #:
N/A
Big 5 Caps:
N/A

Following a lucky chance meeting a few weeks prior, Zoë joined the 2015 Great Britain Palma team to the USA as Physiotherapist just a few weeks after graduating from University. In 2019, she joined the team again for the trip to New Zealand and so South Africa will be Zoë’s third overseas tour in nine years.

Working for the NHS for the past 7 years, Zoë has worked within many different roles and specialised in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2018 before an extended stay in New Zealand after the 2019 tour. Now back in the UK, she is currently working with complex patients in the community setting, seeing a wide range of presentations.

Zoë is really looking forward to re-joining the team in South Africa in 2024 but unfortunately has no plans to stay on after this one.

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 learnt about fullbore shooting and ‘Bisley’ when he moved to the Royal Grammar School, Guildford, continuing at London University.

Jon has achieved a number of notable successes over the years including winning the Bisley Grand Aggregate, the H.M. Queen’s Prize, and the Governor General’s Prize. He has also been a consistent member of many successful teams representing England and Great Britain. He is delighted to be selected for this World Championships team and is very much looking forward to meeting up with friends again in Bloemfontein.

Back home, Jon looks after his family’s many business interests, including a tool hire business. In his ‘spare time’ he has returned to RGS Guildford to help coach the school’s rifle team.

Under 25s

Miles Horton-Baker
Wales
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Big 5 Caps:
9

Miles started shooting in the cadet force at RGS Guildford aged 14 and had his first taste of touring with the Athelings to Canada in 2018, where he shot the America Match for GB U25. 2019 saw him both captain the RGS team to an historic Ashburton victory and earn his first National and Mackinnon caps for Wales.

In the last 2 years Miles has captained Durham University Rifle Club, shot for Yorkshire county, toured Scotland and South Africa with GB U25, and been fortunate enough to train as part of the senior GB Palma Squad.

Away from shooting Miles works as a Graduate Surveyor at Savills primarily conducting loan security valuations for development finance institutions as well as providing development agency and consultancy advice to public and private sector clients. He also enjoys getting out with his camera and the odd game of golf, when time permits!

Under 21s

Rory Mace
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n/a
Big 5 Caps:
n/a

Rory began shooting smallbore in 2017 before progressing to fullbore with Bradfield College a year later. He was lucky to be part of the winning Ashburton team in 2022 and shoots for Hampshire county. In 2021, Rory was selected to tour Jersey with the UK Cadets and also with the Athelings for their tour to York and Liverpool.

Individually, Rory’s achievements include reaching the St George’s Final in 2022 and 2023, and being the youngest finalist in the H.M. King’s Prize in 2023, finishing in 15th place. This tour will be his first opportunity to shoot outside the British Isles. He is very much looking forward to the challenge of shooting in Bloemfontein and meeting members of the global Target Rifle community.

Away from the range, Rory is studying Design at Loughborough University. He enjoys climbing, mountain biking, and building and flying drones.

Veterans

David Richards
GM SC
England
Cap #:
652
Big 5 Caps:
34

David is no stranger to the General De Wet ranges in South Africa, having toured there on three previous occasions, including in the Palma year of 1999. He is also familiar with the Veterans having been a member of the team to the last World Championships in New Zealand in 2019. David has toured many times with GB and England and has been lucky enough to have had some success over the years, including shooting and coaching in many GB teams at home, and abroad and winning the H.M. Queen’s Prize when he was MUCH younger…in 1984.

Apart from Target Rifle, David also shoots smallbore and stalks deer. He has run a charcuterie business for several years and is married to Karen who is back home looking after the dogs.

Andrew Lothian
England
Cap #:
730
Big 5 Caps:
9

Andrew was given an air rifle for his seventh birthday and discovered a talent for shooting. Whilst at Epsom College, he started shooting .22’ and .303’ and really got hooked, the team winning their first Ashburton in 1973.

In the intervening fifty or so years since, he has toured with Great Britain and England teams to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa, most recently as Captain of the GB team to Canada in August 2023. He considers himself a team shooter first and foremost and is looking forward to being in Bloemfontein again and may enjoy some steak and red wine whilst there.

Andrew used to fly 747s for Branson, which rather interfered with his shooting. He now spends an appreciable portion of his time coaching 10-13-year-olds at a local preparatory school and helping out at Epsom College.

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.

Tour Brochure

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

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