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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.

Rosanne Furniss
SM
England
Cap #:
923
Big 5 Caps:
6

Rosanne started shooting fullbore at university, spending the next 10 years focusing on honing her wind reading skills in Match Rifle before restarting Target Rifle for the 150th Anniversary Meeting in 2019.

Rosanne has subsequently shot for England in the National and Mackinnon, and for GB in the Kolapore and Protea matches. The 2023 tour to South Africa was her first Target Rifle tour, and it reinforced her passion for meeting shooters from across the world and celebrating the opportunities the sport can give. As a result, she is very much looking forward to returning to South Africa and competing in Bloemfontein at her first World Championships.

Aside from shooting, Rosanne enjoys her work in consulting, project managing large scale transformation projects and spending time with her family in Lewes.

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

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.

Chris Fitzpatrick
GM SM
Ireland
Cap #:
581
Big 5 Caps:
99

This is Chris’s third GB Veterans tour to the World Championships and his inclusion no longer lowers the average age of the team.

He has worked his passage to the Veterans through many teams, the first being the Athelings to Canada in 1967. The same year, he represented Ireland in the National Match and is pleased to say he still makes that team. Full GB representation started in Canada in 1975, he was back there for the Palma in 1982 and again in 2013, that time as Captain. Chris is a H.M. Queen’s Final winner, taking the prize in 1991.

Flying has been Chris’s career, with the majority in the Royal Air Force. The RAF TR team was extremely successful at home, regularly winning in the Inter-Services but also around the world which it toured regularly, including South Africa in 1996 when the RAF team beat the SA Protea team by one point.

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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