GBRT Win Protea…by 1 point!
Featured Team Members
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!
Graham started shooting at Stamford School and then the Athelings, progressing to Newcastle University and the GB Under 25 team where he gained his first experience of shooting in South Africa. Time adjusting to the realities of grown-up life as a Junior Doctor meant that representational shooting sat on the back burner until an NRA tour of the Channel Islands in 2014. This has since been followed by two GB tours and several National and Mackinnon matches for England. Graham is the manager of the English Lions talent development squad and is the Membership Secretary for the English Twenty Club (the governing body for fullbore target shooting in England).
When not on the ranges Graham can be found at work as a Consultant Anaesthetist with a specialist interest in the Oesophageal and Intestinal Failure surgery, or at home with his very understanding and supportive wife Sophie and their two children Charlie and Annabelle.
With seventeen previous England and GB Tours, James is now amongst the more seasoned members of the team. He has shot in South Africa and specifically Bloemfontein on nine occasions, the most recent being for the 2017 Australia Match. A member of the last four GB Palma Teams, James also earned his “Big Five” Matches badge in 2011 and captained Great Britain for the Kolapore match in 2021. Individually, his most recent success was winning the Gold medal in the 800 yards aggregate at the 2019 World Championships.
James works for Amazon in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) business enabling customers to run their computing in the cloud. At home, he is married to Ellen with two children Eddie and Zoë who keep him on his toes.
James has missed touring over the “Covid years” and is looking forward to seeing many familiar faces back on the General de Wet ranges.
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.