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Day 24 – The Return Home

Our 9am team meeting started the process of travelling home. One member of the team realised he’d need to take an opportunity to visit Peter Bramleys for final time, and by our planned 10am departure almost all the team were showered and packed. The driving teams set off in convoys with very loaded vans back to Johannesburg Airport…

Day 23 – Recovery

With all of us feeling slightly delicate after last night’s commiserations, we gathered on the lawn outside the downstairs rooms and began to pack all the team baggage. Under strict instruction to arrive at 10am with all items that needed to be included in team kit, only half of the team managed to achieve this basic task. Others had their team kit helpfully added to the pile by room or bus mates without regaining consciousness from the night before…

Day 22 – Palma Match Day 2

Day two of the 2024 Palma dawned cooler than almost any on the tour so far, following a spectacular thunderstorm overnight. For the final time, target teams made their way to their respective vans for the drive to the General de Wet range. With just two points separating ourselves and Australia after day one, it effectively came down to a three range shootout against the reigning World Champions…
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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.

James Watson
England
Cap #:
795
Big 5 Caps:
30

Now on his fifth Palma (and 14th GB) team tour, this will be James’s eleventh visit to the General De Wet ranges. James earned his Big 5 badge in 2011 and captained Great Britain in the 2021 Kolapore Match. Individually, his most recent notable success was winning the Gold medal in the 800 yards aggregate at the 2019 World Championships.

James started shooting under the pupillage of Simon Pattinson at Uppingham School, before graduating to shoot at county (Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland) and country level when the late Andrew Tucker selected him for his first of five England tours in 1995. His first GB cap came in 2001 and he has now amassed over 30 appearances for Great Britain.

James works for Amazon in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) business (cloud computing). At home, he is married to Ellen with two children Eddie and Zoë who keep him on his toes.

Under 25s

Toby Cubitt
England
Cap #:
Big 5 Caps:
1

Toby shot his first Imperial Meeting in 2017, touring with the UK Cadets to Jersey the following year. He was a member of the 2020 Athelings but didn’t tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID also prevented him from visiting South Africa with the GB U19s but he made the most of the alternative tour to the 2021 Scottish Open, winning the Scottish Grand Aggregate by dropping only 2 points.

His 2022 Imperial Meeting was by far his best year, as he finished top 50 in the Grand Aggregate for the first time and received his first England cap in the National Match. In 2023, he competed in the H.M. King’s Final and came 13th. Toby is now preparing to tour South Africa for the first time with the GB U25s.

Toby is mid-way through his studies in Engineering at the University of East Anglia. After his 4-year course he would like to pursue a career in the Motorsport world.

Under 21s

Thomas Craig-Fleming
England
Cap #:
n/a
Big 5 Caps:
n/a

Thomas started fullbore shooting in 2016 at Lancing College, where he also represented Sussex although he now shoots for Kent. His first tour was with the UK Cadet Rifle Team to Jersey in 2019. He was an Atheling in 2020, but never made it to Canada as the tour was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the postponed Imperial Meeting that year, he won the Conwey Fenton Memorial Challenge Cup.

Thomas graduated from the English Lions development pathway in 2023 before which he also had the opportunity to compete in the SA Open Championships as a member of the GB U25 team in March. He is very much looking forward to being a member of the GB U21 team competing in the 2024 World Long Range Championships in Bloemfontein.

Away from the range, Thomas is studying Psychology at Brunel University, London.

Veterans

David Calvert
GM3 SB3 SC2 SM
Ireland
Cap #:
579
Big 5 Caps:
140

Bloemfontein is arguably David’s second ‘shooting home’, having competed in all 25 SA Open Championships held there. His first shooting visit to South Africa was to Kimberley in 1996, when his RAF Club team won the Protea Match and he won his first of eight SA Open Championships.

David has represented GB on more than 50 occasions and has toured with GB, Ireland and RAF Club teams to 35 shooting venues in 20 countries across six continents. Individual Target Rifle achievements include four Gold Medals for Northern Ireland over 11 consecutive Commonwealth Games, and three Gold Medals in the H.M. Queen’s Prize. David has also represented GB in Match Rifle, Smallbore Rifle and Service Rifle.

Away from shooting, his interests and activities include family, golf, occasional skiing and scuba diving, and flying as a part-time instructor pilot in the RAF Reserve.

Martin Millar
GM SC
Ireland
Cap #:
752
Big 5 Caps:
65

Martin started shooting aged 18, when a neighbour asked would he like to have a go and he has been hooked ever since! He represents Ireland and GB and has shot in the National, Mackinnon, Australia and Kolapore matches, in addition to six consecutive Commonwealth Games for Northern Ireland. He has toured with GB teams to Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Martin won the H.M. Queen’s Prize in 1994, he has a Bisley Grand Aggregate Silver Cross and four Commonwealth Games medals including two Golds. He is looking forward to the forthcoming SA Open Championships and renewing friendships with old friends from around the world.

Martin is married to Kate. They have two children Andrew and Victoria, and three grandchildren. Martin loves a bit of craic over a glass or two of wine and a spot of fly fishing when he is not tasked with odd jobs around the house.

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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