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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

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.

Jon Kent
England
Cap #:
869
Big 5 Caps:
7

Jon started his shooting career at Epsom College in 1999, qualifying for the final of the H.M. Queen’s Prize during his second Imperial Meeting the following year. Individual highlights include winning the 2022 Palma and Stickledown Aggregates at Bisley.

Jon’s previous overseas tours include Australia and Canada with the Great Britain U25s and the 2011 GB team to Canada and 2023 GB team to South Africa. He has been a member of the winning teams in both the Under 21 and Under 25 World Championships matches, in 2003 and 2007 respectively. This will be Jon’s third shooting tour to South Africa and he is thrilled to be returning to Bloemfontein again to represent GB on his first Palma tour.

When not shooting Jon can be found running his company, intheOffice. In his spare time he loves travelling with his wife and cycling.

Under 25s

Luca O’Flynn
Ireland
Cap #:
n/a
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
Cap #:
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

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.

Charles Dickenson
England
Cap #:
650
Big 5 Caps:
7

Charles started shooting at Cambridge University, rapidly becoming hooked on both shooting and wind coaching. Early successes resulted in his first GB tour to Canada with the 1982 Palma team.

Shooting subsequently took a lower profile as a growing family and work (Royal Navy, then BAE Systems) took priority. Since his son and daughter left home in 2003, his shooting has been in resurgence, with a number of selections for NRA, England and GB teams both as a shooter and a coach, including further GB team tours to Canada in 2010 and 2016.

Charles also shoots smallbore and Match Rifle and enjoys giving back to the sport by coaching less experienced shooters. Any remaining time is spent looking after three grandchildren, walking, helping Sue keep the garden under control and doing endless DIY 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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