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Day 19 – WLRC Final Day

As we start the final day of the World Individuals, the GB team have 6 shooters in the top 10, and 9 in the top 20. The top 3 places overnight were Glyn Barnett on 520.61v, Jon Underwood on 518.58v and David Luckman on 517.55v…

Barnett 2nd, Underwood 3rd in WLRC

Ashley Bidgood, of Australia, produced a fine display under the heat and pressure of the Top 10 shootout to win the WLRC by 6 v-bulls over Glyn Barnett. Jon Underwood achieved top gun score in the final with a nearly flawless score of 75.7, and finished 3rd, a further point adrift. Overall GBRT occupied positions 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th of the top 10.

Day 18 – WLRC Day 3

Today again saw 2+15 at 700, 800 and 900m. The start to the day was more frantic for some than others, when they realised that they hadn’t necessarily brought all their kit to the range, they shall remain nameless, however Chris Mitchell found himself worthy of a name check for laughing about the missing kit whilst simultaneously realising he’d left his shoes behind, a whole day in flip flops on a rough range beckoned…

Featured Team Members

Bill Richards
SM SB
England
Cap #:
685
Big 5 Caps:
78

This will be Bill’s fifth Palma Match, as well as being his fifth tour to South Africa, but will be his first as the Main Coach. Although coaching has been at the centre of each of these Palma matches, Bill has picked up a few individual shooting medals along the way and has desires to add to these in 2024.

One of the knock-ons from Covid was the rescheduling of the Palma from April into March. As a teacher, this placed both the 2023 and 2024 tours in term-time and Bill is extremely grateful for the understanding shown by Bede’s School in allowing him the time away from school to compete.

One of the things that Bill tells his students, (in jest!), when they have to miss a lesson due to a sports fixture is “don’t bother coming back unless you win!”. What’s good enough for them…

Theo Dodds
Wales
Cap #:
922
Big 5 Caps:
21

Theo started shooting with an air rifle in his back garden at the age of 4, continuing at Tonbridge School. He first toured overseas with the GB U21 team to the 2015 World Championships, then with the GB U25s to South Africa in 2017 and New Zealand in 2019. Theo’s first GB cap was awarded for the 2021 Kolapore Match and his first senior overseas tour was to South Africa in 2023. A keen smallbore shooter, he became the youngest in history to “do the double” by winning both the Earl Roberts and the X Class Aggregate in the 2019 Bisley Smallbore Meeting.

Now an Officer in the Royal Navy and a trainee Observer in the Fleet Air Arm, Theo is very grateful to receive support from his Service as he looks towards success in the 2024 Palma as one of only two serving members of the team.

Under 25s

Harriet Bramwell
England
Cap #:
n/a
Big 5 Caps:
1

Harriet began shooting at Sedbergh School aged 13 and continued at Shrewsbury School for sixth form, touring with the UKCRT, Athelings and GB U19 teams. She was selected for her first England tour in 2019 to Canada, being picked to shoot in the Commonwealth Match and gaining her first England cap. She is also a proud Lancastrian and coaches the county team.

This will be Harriet’s third tour to South Africa and follows a successful tour in March 2023 with the GB U25s and as a coach with the England team. She’s thoroughly excited to be returning in 2024 for the World Championships as Captain of the U25 team.

Harriet is in her 4th year of medicine at the University of Bristol, having just finished her intercalation BSc in prehospital medicine. She lives in the Lake District and generally enjoys outdoor swimming, sailing, and getting into the fells.

Under 21s

Sarah Rorison
England
Cap #:
n/a
Big 5 Caps:
n/a

Sarah began shooting at Sedbergh School as a young cadet and has loved it ever since her first Bisley trip. She became Captain of the shooting team in her last year at school, and has been to the Channel Islands three times as a shooter and coach in cadet GB teams. She trained with the English Lions last year and is a proud member of the Lancashire county team. This will be her second time shooting in South Africa after joining the GB teams there in March 2023. She is delighted to be selected to represent the GB U21s at the World Championships and is looking forward to improving her skills and helping build a strong team on tour.

Sarah is in her second year studying Biology at the University of Sheffield. In her free time she enjoys art, spending time with friends and learning about wildlife.

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.

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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