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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
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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.

Chris Mitchell
England
Cap #:
914
Big 5 Caps:
9

Chris began shooting at the Oratory School some 20 years ago to escape supervised homework sessions before continuing the theme at Exeter University. Chris has now shot with both England and GB both on home soil and abroad, is the Berkshire county captain and a member of the Cardinals Rifle Club. Chris is looking forward to returning to Bloemfontein having shot there with the GB U19s in 2009 and more recently in 2023 with GB. He’s excited to experience the challenge and intensity of the 2024 World Championships.

Outside of shooting, Chris works as an engineer for Transport for London. Having tried his hand at most other sports and convincing himself that shooting wasn’t taking up enough of his time, Chris can often be found running marathons, ultramarathons and the occasional triathlon.

Under 25s

George Bramwell
England
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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.

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

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.

Paul Charlton
Ireland
Cap #:
798
Big 5 Caps:
50

Paul started shooting at Wimbledon Common where his school is sited, continuing at University before a career induced hiatus to qualify as a Chartered Accountant.

Paul received a GB Match Rifle cap in the 2001 Woomera followed by a GB Target Rifle cap in the West Indies, before the famous Ireland National win, both in 2002. Paul proudly helped Ireland win the 2005 Elcho after a 97 year gap before touring to SA with GB in 2006, Ireland in 2009 and the GB Veterans in 2023. A previous winner of The Albert in Match Rifle, he shot the first ever twenty shot 1200 yard HPS in the world, a feat subsequently matched by two of this team.

Retired from business, he is grateful for the continuing support of Margaret, family and friends and looks forward to a second Veterans World Championship, amongst the friendly shooting fraternity and sorority in Bloemfontein.

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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