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Our tour to South Africa officially ended in the early hours of Monday morning when we touched down at Heathrow. Much of the 48 hours since has been spent unpacking, sleeping and spending time with families (and work) and for most of us has been somewhat of a blur. Co-incidentally, today marks exactly 1 year to go until the 2024 Palma Long Range World Championship match, and as such it seems an appropriate time to pause and reflect on our tour.

Protea Match

This morning saw the second of our two team matches, the Protea match, and is considered the most prestigious match in South Africa. GB Teams have competed in various international ‘test matches’ in South Africa from the first overseas tour to visit in 1921 but the first time a GB team competed in the Protea Match, as it is now named, was in 1998. This will be GB’s 15th appearance in the Protea match, and it is well known to be hard to win against South Africa on their home soil.

GBRT Win Protea…by 1 point!

The Great Britain Rifile Team have contested a closely fought match with South Africa, USA and England. South Africa led by two points going into the final range but, as the result of some exceptional wind coaching, GBRT were able to overcome that deficit and win by a solitary point. We would like to congratulate the other teams, and particularly South Africa, on producing a match of the closest margins…
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Featured Team Members

Nick Tremlett
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Long in the shooting tooth is a fair description of Nick – and that was 5 years ago! Shooting at international level since 1976, Nick has the distinction of having toured with GB before most of this team were born. Dabbling in both target and match rifle Nick has won the Queen’s Prize and the Hopton, and a few other trophies along the way. He was captain of the undefeated GB team to South Africa in 2017, a tour during which he also won the South Africa President’s Prize. By profession he is a semi-retired vet, and has had to minister to ailing team members on previous tours – much to their consternation!

Bill Richards
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This will be Bill’s twelfth GB tour and his fourth to South Africa, including once with England in 2009. Although best known as a coach, Bill has appeared in the final of HM Queen’s Prize final 25 times and 18 times in the top 50 of the Grand Aggregate, so he can occasionally point his rifle in the right direction.

Bill has been a Maths teacher since 2003 and is extremely grateful to his school for allowing him time off during term time to tour. When Bill isn’t teaching or on the range, Bill is involved in running Space Design Competitions, inspiring the next generation of rocket scientists! He is rarely found without his Kindle, reading mostly a diet of science fiction and fantasy.

Chloë Evans
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Chloë first picked up a rifle in 2008 at Gresham’s School under the leadership of Freddie Grounds. Since then, she has been lucky enough to tour Jersey, Canada, West Indies and USA representing OGRE, GBU25 and GB. Chloë represents Norfolk & Wales and is especially proud to have been part of Wales’s historic first win in the National in 2016.

In 2022, Chloë was honoured to be selected to shoot the Kolapore, made her 7th HM Queen’s Final and made the top 10 in both the Grand Aggregate and the St George’s Final. This will be Chloë’s 3rd Great Britain tour but her first visit to South Africa and she is greatly looking forward to the challenges Bloemfontein holds. Away from shooting, Chloë is a keen reader and avid sports fan (particularly rugby) and more recently, to stave off lockdown boredom, got into running.

Rick Shouler
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Rick started shooting at Oakham School in 1993 and shoots for Nottinghamshire county. This will be Rick’s 4th GB tour to Bloemfontein, making up approximately half of all his overseas tours with GB. It is fair to say he absolutely loves South Africa and being able to compete with the very best competitive shooters.

Rick has had success both individually and in teams. He was part of the GB team in the 2008 Protea match and England team in the 2019 America Match. Individually in the UK he has won the David Hossack salver (2017), The St George’s (2018) and, perhaps most notably, the H.M. Queen’s Prize in 2021. He has also had success in Bloemfontein, winning the Free State Open and winning a tie shoot with a borrowed rifle and a jacket that he couldn’t button up!

Rick is really looking forward to representing GB again and relishes the challenge ahead.

Meet the Team

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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…

South Africa 2023 Team Announcement

GBRT South Africa 2023 team announcement
I am delighted to announce the names of those selected for the GB Rifle Team to South Africa, touring in March 2023…
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