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Palma 2024 Team

I am delighted to announce the names of those selected for the GB Palma Rifle Team to South Africa, touring in March 2024…

Featured Team Members

Zoë Stirling
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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.

Chloë Evans
Wales
Cap #:
885
Big 5 Caps:
26

Chloë first picked up a rifle in 2008 at Gresham’s School in Norfolk. Since then, she has been lucky enough to tour Jersey, Canada, the West Indies, the USA and South Africa representing OGRE, GB U25 and Great Britain. Chloë also represents Norfolk & Wales and is proud to have been part of Wales’s historic first National win in 2016 and their second victory in 2021. Some of her best and more recent highlights include very proudly captaining Norfolk to their first County Long win in 20 years and shooting a 150 in the Kolapore, both in 2023.

This will be Chloë’s fourth Great Britain tour but her first Palma team and she is very much looking forward to returning in 2024 to Bloemfontein and its challenging winds. When she can get away from the range, Chloë is an avid sports fan (particularly rugby) and also enjoys reading, running and hiking.

Under 25s

Luca O’Flynn
Ireland
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Big 5 Caps:
8

Luca started shooting in 2013, at the age of 12, after he joined the Royal Grammar School, Guildford. Starting on air rifle for two years, he graduated first to smallbore and then to fullbore a year later. He shot with the Ireland team and the GB U25s shortly thereafter, and toured Canada with the Athelings in 2018.

Luca was selected to join the NRA team to the Channel Islands, first in 2020, but the tour was postponed and then sadly cancelled due to COVID. Eventually he went in 2022, in a team that went undefeated, which had not been done for over ten years. This will be Luca’s first trip to South Africa and he is very much looking forward to travelling overseas again.

He is mid-way through studying Product Design at Loughborough University, where he has founded a rifle club and hopes they will start competing in the coming months.

Under 21s

Rory Mace
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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

Charles Brooks
England
Cap #:
607
Big 5 Caps:
11

Charles has been a regular overseas tourer, starting 50 years ago with the Athelings team to Canada (with Veterans teammate, Webbie), followed by seven official GB overseas tours.

Charles is well connected with overseas shooters at Bisley having been Secretary and Captain of the British Commonwealth Rifle Club and is now its President. This will be Charles’ second tour to South Africa after he led the GB Veterans Goodwill team to Bloemfontein last year.

Charles is married to Penny with two grown up children and one grandchild with another on the way, all of whom have had to suffer his life at Bisley! Since retiring as a partner of his law firm three years ago, Charles is now a (very) part-time consultant to the firm and keeps himself busy with a City of London Livery Company and with non-exec board roles with two long-standing charity clients.

Reg Roberts
England
Cap #:
707
Big 5 Caps:
24

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.

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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